Kimble v. The Illinois State Board of Education

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2014 IL App (1st) 123436
Decision Date: 
July 18, 2014
District: 
1st Dist.
Division/County: 
Cook Co., 5th Div.
Justice: 
GORDON
Holding: 
Reversed.
Tenured teacher was discharged based on allegations that she pushed and choked a 10-year-old student, when he refused to step out of line for gym class when teacher had told him he could not attend gym because he did not complete an assignment. Denial of due process at termination hearing, as student's hearsay statements were admitted, who teacher was unable to cross-examine as he was not present at hearing. Outcome of hearing was directly dependent on credibility of student's statements, and no eyewitnesses to alleged incidents. (McBRIDE and PALMER, concurring.)