Crawley v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Case Number: 
2019 IL App (1st) 181367
Decision Date: 
Friday, May 10, 2019
1st Dist.
Cook Co., 6th Div,
Affirmed in part and dismissed in part.

School Board dismissed elementary school teacher, finding that she falsely characterized certain days for which she was absent from work as "sick days" although she was not actually sick. Teacher filed petition for administrative review. Board's decision that teacher's conduct was irremediable was not against manifest weight of evidence. Evidence showed that after using up other available time off, teacher misused an aggregate of 8 sick days, spread over 3 periods, including going out of town on vacation and traveling to New York for personal reasons. This was cause for termination under section 34-85 of School Code. Court dismissed hearing officer as a respondent, as only the litigants, and not the hearing officer, are parties to the appeal. (HARRIS, concurring; CONNORS, concurring in part and dissenting in part.)