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Franklin Township Board of Education v. V.A. and C.H. on behalf of A.H.

Client: Franklin Township Board of Education

Court: Office of Administrative Law

Brief Attorney: Lauren E. Tedesco, Esq.

Trial Attorney: Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The school district sought emergent relief for the removal of a special education student to an interim alternative educational placement due to dangerousness. Parents opposed and contended that the child remain in the general education setting. Judge Catherine A. Tuohy concluded that the school district met all of the elements for emergent relief and placed the student on home instruction pending the outcome of an underlying due process petition.

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In the Matter of the Tenure Hearing of Greg Janicki and the Washington Township School District, Gloucester County

Client: Washington Township Board of Education

Court: Tenure Arbitration Hearing 

Brief Attorney: Joseph F. Betley, Esq.

Trial Attorney: Joseph F. Betley, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

Tenure charges against Gregory Janicki, a High School Music Teacher, were successfully prosecuted by the Washington Township Board of Education. In an award issued on August 31, 2021 Arbitrator Gary Kendellen sustained several charges against Mr. Janicki and ordered that he be removed from his teaching position with the District. As the Board Solicitor, Mr. Betley established that Mr. Janicki engaged in a pattern of intolerance and antagonism against individuals based on their sexual orientation as well as their gender identity and expression. The District showed that Mr. Janicki surreptitiously distributed a document at the High School main office that was offensive to the LGBTQ community, and lied about it when school officials investigated the incident. The evidence also supported the charge that Mr. Janicki had a pattern of intentional misrepresentations to administrators during investigations of misconduct. Finally, the arbitrator sustained the charge that Mr. Janicki intentionally recorded a private conversation that Mr. Betley had with administration regarding the underlying investigation. The District sustained its burden that the unbecoming conduct justified Mr. Janicki’s dismissal as a tenured teacher.

Mr. Betley expresses his thanks and appreciation to the administrative staff and teachers who testified truthfully and courageously at the arbitration hearing.

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L.K. v. Washington Township Board of Education

Client: Washington Township Board of Education

Court: Office of Administrative Law

Brief Attorney:  Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The petitioner, who sought the removal of manifestation determinations in her child’s file, failed to appear at a scheduled due process hearing on the matter. The petitioner subsequently requested the petition be withdrawn, and the Board requested that it be withdrawn with prejudice. The petitioner, wishing to retain the right to refile or seek alternate measures in the future, requested that it be with withdrawn without prejudice. The Board successfully argued that the case be dismissed with prejudice. The ALJ ruled that the petitioner’s actions and writings supported her intent to abandon the matter and ruled the matter to be withdrawn with prejudice.

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