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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 14. Education, Libraries, and Museums
- Chapter 20. Teachers and School Personnel
- Section 180. Procedures Upon Notice of Dismissal or Nonretention.
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. - 14.20.200l Procedure and Hearing; Appeals. [Repealed, Sec. 59 Ch 98 SLA 1966].
AS 14.20.180. Procedures Upon Notice of Dismissal or Nonretention.
- (a) Before a teacher is dismissed, the employer shall give the teacher written notice of the proposed dismissal and a
pretermination hearing. A pretermination hearing under this section must comport with the minimum requirements of due
process, including an explanation of the employer's evidence and basis for the proposed dismissal and an opportunity
for the teacher to respond. If, following a pretermination hearing, an employer determines that dismissal is
appropriate, the employer shall provide written notice, including a statement of cause and a complete bill of
particulars, of the decision. The dismissal is effective when the notice is delivered to the teacher.
- (b) An employer that has decided to nonretain a tenured teacher shall provide the teacher with written notice, including a
statement of cause and a complete bill of particulars. The notice must comply with AS 14.20.140(a).
- (c) Within 15 days after receipt of a decision of dismissal under (a) of this section or nonretention under (b) of this
section, a teacher may notify the employer in writing that the teacher is requesting a hearing before the school board
under (d) of this section or that the teacher is invoking the grievance procedures under (e) of this section.
- (d) Upon receipt of a request for a hearing, the employer shall immediately schedule a hearing and notify the teacher in
writing of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The teacher may elect to have either a public or a private
hearing, and to have the hearing under oath or affirmation. The parties have a right to be represented by counsel and
to cross-examine witnesses. The teacher has the right to subpoena a person who has made statements that are used as a
basis for the employer's decision to dismiss or nonretain. A written transcript, tape, or similar recording of the
proceedings shall be kept. A copy of the recording shall be furnished to the teacher, for cost, upon request of the
teacher. A decision of the school board requires a majority vote of the membership, by roll call. The board's decision
shall be in writing and must contain specific findings of fact and conclusions of law. A copy of the decision shall be
furnished to the teacher within 10 days after the date of the decision. If the school board sustains the dismissal or
nonretention, the teacher may appeal the decision to the superior court for judicial review based on the administrative
- (e) Upon receipt of a notice invoking the grievance procedures, the school board shall immediately schedule an informal
hearing and notify the teacher in writing of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The hearing is for the purpose
of reviewing the statement of cause and bill of particulars and not for the purpose of taking evidence. The teacher may
choose whether the informal hearing is held in public or in private. A decision of the school board requires a majority
vote of the membership, by roll call. The board's decision shall be in writing. The board shall promptly furnish a copy
of the decision to the teacher. If the board sustains the dismissal or nonretention, the teacher may, within 15 days
after receipt of the decision, give written notice to the school board and submit the matter to arbitration under the
rules of the American Arbitration Association. The decision of the arbitrator is final and binding on the school board,
the teacher, and the bargaining organization representing the teacher, if any. If the school board and the teacher
agree, they may waive the informal hearing under this subsection and submit the matter directly to arbitration.
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