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Education Laws and Regulations

Chronological List of Arbitration Awards
Issued Pursuant to General Laws chapter 71

June 1993–July 2014

School DistrictStatus1Allegations Against EmployeeArbitratorDateAAA #2
1. E. LongmeadowT/S/RSexual harassmentRoiko7/25/9400742 94
(5)3
2. Gr. Lawrence Reg. Voc. Tech. & N. S.4T/D/UUsed students as "free labor"Overton10/12/9400565-94
(22)
3. Lawrence & P. N.T/S/RLeft building without permissionT. O'Brien11/22/9400796-94
(11)
4. Gr. New BedfordT/S/RSpread rumors about the superintendent Pagnano1/9/9501271-94
(13)
5. HopkintonT/D/USexual harassmentZack2/13/9500572-94
(11)
6. Boston & R. R.AP/D/UFailed to carry out discipline proceduresCochran3/20/9501463-94
(21)
7. BraintreeT/D/NANon-renewal of Title I teacherR. O'Brien6/12/9501762-94
(9)
8. LexingtonT/D/UInefficient and incompetent-failed to communicate with students, construct lesson plans, or manage the classFraser01/16/95
07/14/95
00571-94
(4, 37)
9. Lynn & P. H. T/D/OInefficient, incompetent and conduct unbecoming -failed to discipline students, review IEPs, teach P.E. for the allotted time, or use appropriate languageDorr04/11/95
07/31/95
00573-94
(6, 20)
10. PetershamT/D/OPsychological and physical abuseBornstein8/13/9502253-94
(65)
11. Gr. Lowell Voc.T/D/OManhandled studentsBrown8/25/9500307-95
(28)
12. Gr. Lawrence Reg. Voc. Tech. & W. M. & D.C.T/S/UAllowed students to go off-campus Cochran10/12/9500739-94
(22)
13. Salem I 5 T/S/UInsulted a studentMcDonald11/17/9500993-95
(10)
14. Boston & R. ST/D/UFailed to report to work for two monthsGolick11/21/952277-94
(12)
15. Blue Hills RVTS & L. Z.T/D/UGuidance counselor was inefficient, incapable and insubordinate-failed to carry out responsibilities, follow instructions, or complete tasksDenaco11/21/950562-94
(32)
16. Boston & E. G.T/D/OUsing inappropriate disciplineGreenbaum12/20/9501267-94
(84)
17. HollistonT/S/RInappropriate language and physical discipline Wolfson12/31/9501096-95
(9)
18. EasthamptonT/S/RPhysical discipline Boulanger1/10/9600752-95
(27)
19. AshlandC/S/OIntimidating playersBuckalew1/15/9601277-95
(14)
20. MilfordAP/D/UInappropriate and sexually provocative conduct Walsh1/19/9600509-95
(10)
21. WilbrahamT/S/RFailed to follow procedures and expressed animosity towards teacherTalmadge3/18/9601770-94
(22)
22. DracutT/S/RSexual harassmentCooper4/15/9601634-95
(22)
23. Salem & M. B.T/D/NADemotion of head teacher-not arbitrableGarraty5/1/9601203-95
(13)
24. Lawrence & M. R.AP/S/USexual harassment of an employeeCochran5/31/9600738-95
(29)
25. HolbrookT/L/UNot qualifiedGrossman6/14/9601478-95
(13)
26. Medford & J. F.T/D/OConduct unbecoming, incompetence, insubordination, failing to satisfy performance standards, and inefficiency; misrepresented own disabilities, harassed school officials, failed to maintain files or to work full daysHiggins7/8/9600261-95
(85)
27. Fall River & J. S.T/D/OrConvicted of tax evasionAltman8/12/9600192-96
(11)
28. BarnstableT/D/UUnfit to work due to depression and uncontrolled diabetes Cooper08/07/95
08/22/96
00167-95
(11, 6)
29. Whittier Reg. Voc. Tech & W. R. T/D/OConduct unbecoming, and insubordination-failed to follow directives and making false statementsGolick9/9/962098-95
(22)
30. PlymouthT/D/UFailed to report to workWooters9/19/960574-94
(33)
31. Reading & A. B.T/L/USocial worker lost her position due to a reduction in forceGolick12/3/9602094-96
(6)
32. Fall River & K. G.*T/D/NANo PTS, no right to arbitrateWooters12/10/96
03/24/97
1593-94
(11, 12)
33. MarbleheadT/D/UOutbursts and confrontational behavior Greenbaum4/2/9702664-95
(285)
34. Salem II6T/S/UInsubordination -was rude and failed to initiate the annual reviews for students with special needs Peace4/4/9701878-96
(29)
35. FranklinT/D/OParents complained that teacher made students feel anxiousWooters4/30/9700615-94
(69)
36. Southeastern Reg. & D. B.T/D/OrInappropriate language and physical discipline Dolan5/2/9701146-96
(57)
37. Marlborough*7P/D/OFailed to file timely accreditation reportsWalsh10/13/95
05/05/97
02102-94
(11, 9)
38. Southeastern Reg. & T. B.T/S/OUsed physical forceCanavan6/2/9701079-96
(48)
39. Cambridge & P. S.T/D/OHit a student with special needsHolden6/21/9700189-96
(17)
40. Whittier Reg. Voc. Tech. & R. G. T/D/OViolated safety proceduresBornstein7/28/9701080-96
(45)
41. Boston & F. B*T/D/OSexual abuse of special needs students Altman8/8/9702060-96
(46)
42. Beverly*T/D/OInappropriate physical and verbal disciplineGrossman8/8/9702394-96
(18)
43. SomersetT/D/USexual commentsGrossman8/13/9700566-94
(8)
44. Gr. Fall River Voc. & E. S.T/S/USexual commentsGarraty9/13/9702403-96
(25)
45. Tri-County Reg.T/D/OInadequate supervision and negative attitudeHiggins12/24/9702556-96
(30)
46. MelroseT/S/OInsubordination and unprofessional behavior relating to another teacherAmbrogi1/6/9800026-97
(22)
47. FalmouthT/D/NADirector of human resources was not a supervisor under the ERA, so not entitled to arbitration Cochran1/21/9801300-97
(11)
48. Boston & R. J. T/D/OrTeacher of special needs students provided insufficient structure and rules and did not individualize instructionOverton3/28/9802542-95
(80)
49. Taunton IT/S/UInsubordination and conduct unbecoming-yelled at staffSaylor3/10/9800120-97
(11)
50. Everett & E. C.T/S/RArraigned on charges of indecent assault and battery upon a child [neighbor]Canavan4/20/9801909-97
(9)
51. W. SpringfieldT/D/UFailed to develop lesson plans or engage and manage students, used inappropriate physical contact, was uncooperative and inflammatory Ryan5/27/9800115-97
(32)
52. Worcester [Voc. H. S.] & A. N.T/D/OrSexual harassmentHiggins6/29/9801862-97
(42)
53. Taunton IIT/S/UInsubordination, incapacity and conduct unbecoming -refused to implement classroom behavior management plan, yelled at staff, and ineffectively managing classroomCroasdale7/10/9800650-97
(23)
54. Boston & K. R.T/S/OAbusive to parents, students and co-workers and insubordinateMcInerny7/29/9802318-97
(23)
55. DedhamT/L/UChapter I teachers did not have PTS, could not bump other teachers when laid-offAltman & Irvings7/31/9801698-95
01977-96
(27)
56. AmesburyT/D/UInefficient classroom management, unprofessional and insubordinate behaviorBuckalew8/21/9801821-97
(20)
57. Lynn & W. S.T/D/OUsed racial remark and profane language with peerIrvings8/23/9800011-98
(24)
58. Worcester & R. L. T/D/UTeacher of students with special needs was inefficient, incompetent and failed to meet performance standards-failed to develop lesson plans, keep students on task, meet individual needs, or maintain disciplineWooters9/2/981892-97
(71)
59. Brookline & W. U. T/D/OESL teacher touched five foreign male studentsBloodsworth10/31/9801256-97
(21)
60. Worcester & V.K.T/D/UTeacher falsified sick leave to attend athletic event Higgins11/3/9800208-98
(26)
61. Southbridge & R. L. Sp/S/RNeglected duties, showed poor management and leadership skills [Director of Buildings/ Grounds]Talmadge11/4/9800683-98
(18)
62. Pittsfield & H. E.Sp/Dm/USexual harassment and retaliated after complaint [Director of Special Education]Brynie12/14/9801602-97
(75)
63. Blue Hills RSD & A.V.T/S/UAbusive language and physical confrontations with studentsSander12/22/9800466-98
(8)
64. AgawamGc/S/RHandling disarmed, unloaded weapon of police officer in front of studentsByrnie4/15/9902034-98
(4)
65. Cambridge & P.B.T/D/NAAdministrator demotedPeace4/28/9902656-96
(26)
66. MiddleboroughT/S/OFailure to report that a student embraced and kissed the teacherDaly5/13/9901711-98
(16)
67. Boston & J.R. T/S/NARuling on arbitrability & timeliness of filingsGarraty6/29/9901338-95
(12)
68. Taunton & R.L.T/S/UProvoking fight with student in another class O'Reilly8/9/9902415-98
(12)
69. Blue Hills RTS & H.T.T/D/UInappropriate sexual and racial commentsGolick9/10/9901947-98
(26)
70. Boston & S.M.T/S/RUse of unacceptable physical force with a special needs studentWaxman9/28/99232-98
(21)
71. Lawrence & W.C.T/D/NAReassignment of principal of high school to elementary Peace10/12/9900289-99
(29)
72. Lowell & J.C.T/S/OAlleged pushing and grabbing a studentGarraty10/22/9902321-98
(12)
73. LudlowP/D/UEntering teacher's home to obtain pain medicationCochran11/29/9900235-99
(16)
74. Everett & D.M.T/S/OAlleged abuse of sick leaveWalsh12/23/9900707-99
(6)
75. Boston & M.G.T/S/OAlleged hitting of student with a markerGarraty2/1/0000568-99
(12)
76. Reading & I.E.T/S/UInappropriate remarks, criticism; attempt to dissuade students from reporting incidentBrynie5/10/0001122-98
(44)
77. Boston & R.P.T/D/UIncompetenceDolan10/3/001571-98
(77)
78. LeicesterT/S/UWriting on student's forehead with a markerSaylor10/19/0000494-00
(13)
79. Southbridge & P.G.T/D/OConduct unbecoming & failure to follow directivesRyan1/11/0100288-99
(84)
80. North AttleboroT/S/UTardinessWaxman1/31/0100701-00
(16)
81. Medford & J.C.Sp./D/OLaid-off and/or not recertifiedSaylor2/13/0100768-00
(24)
82. Lawrence & R. H.T/D/NATeacher did not have PTS at time of dismissalGarraty3/9/0100820-97
(20)
83. Wilmington & J.B.T/S/RPulling student's hair; requiring students to kneel for permission to leave the roomFraser3/10/0101008-00
(11)
84. North Shore RVTSD and M.MT/S/UMade inappropriate comments towards his studentsStutz4/9/011859-00
(9)
85. Norton Public SchoolsT/S/RInsubordination Peace7/6/0100136-01
(19)
86. Wilmington & I.E.T/S/ODisability & tardinessBrynie7/30/0100107-00
(31)
87. Everett & D.D.T/D/NDTeacher alleging dismissal was not dismissedPeace9/4/0100364-01
(12)
88. AttleboroT/D/NATeacher did not have PTSCochran11/26/0100118-01
(13)
89. North Shore RVTSD and M.MT/S/RInappropriate remarks to students, failed to cooperate with principal's investigationAltman3/15/0201715-01
(22)
90. E.B. and South Shore Reg. Dist. Committee *T/D/OTeacher took food from school with intent to pay - dismissal unwarrantedBoulanger7/26/0201712-1
(32)
91. Worcester Public Schools & L.C.T/D/OTeacher's conduct did not warrant dismissalAltman9/13/021790-01
(43)
92. F. G. & Georgetown Public SchoolsT/S/NATeacher failed to file arbitration petition within 30 day timelineBrynie11/22/02
(13)
93. East Brigdewater Public Schools & C.S.T/D/U Conduct unbecoming a teacher, inappropriate and sexually provocative conductDunn5/24/0202251-01
(31)
94. Salem Public Schools & E.H.T/D/OTeacher reinstatedCooper6/28/0200502 -01
(5)
95. Lawrence & F.O.T/S/OUsed physical force Peace2/11/0300997-02
(12)
96. Boston & B.H.T/S/UUsed physical forceBornstein4/18/0300082-02
(30)
97. Norton & D.A. T/D/UConduct unbecoming a teacher, inappropriate interactions with parents and school officials, failure to report to workPeace12/20/0300006-03
(35)
98. Boston Public Schools & J.C.T/D/UTeacher did not meet performance standardsRyan2/1/0401761-02
(39)
99. J.S. & Swampscott School CommitteeAd/D/UAsst. Principal granted award to son who was not eligibleLitton2/16/041183-03
(11)
100. Worcester T/D/UFailure to satisfy performance standards, inability to manage classroom, ineffective teaching methodsIrvings7/21/0401520-03
(26)
101. Boston & C.L.T/S/UHit a student with special needsDunn8/11/0400112-03
(12)
102. Shawsheen Valley RVT & E.H.TC/D/UInappropriate sexual contact with studentDorr8/26/00403036-02
(39)
103. Boston & A.C.N/S/UFailed to provide adequate medical care to studentMacmillan11/12/0402214-03
(5)
104. City of Springfield School Department and R.R.T/S/RMade minimal attempts to report serious issue to the school administrationHiggins1/25/0501227-04
(16)
105. Gloucester & J.D. T/S/UIntimidating School Committee membersByrnie6/17/200500053-05
(14)
106. Gloucester School Committee & D.O.P/D/UDrinking alcohol prior to the beginning of the school dayGarraty8/11/0502670-04
(26)
107. Lunenberg & P.R.T/S/RInappropriate behavior toward a colleagueDaly8/12/0502200-04
(27)
108. J.R. & Greater Lowell Technical High SchoolGC/D/OSchool lacked just cause to dismiss guidance counsellorAltman9/2/05113900011205
(17)
109. D.W. Greater Lowell Technical High School - IIT/D/OSchool lacked just cause to dismiss teacher for conduct unbecoming a teacherWooters11/15/0501120-05
(28)
110. Lynn Public Schools & CLBAd/Dm/NAInvoluntary removal from a non-supervisory position and assignment to teaching position constituted demotion.Wooters5/12/0602370-05
(17)
111. Ware Public Schools & R.D.T/D/OAllegations that teacher stole suppliesSchmidt 7/19/0601510-05
(23)
112. Lowell School Department & E.C.P/D/UMisconduct at a staff meeting provided the Superintendent good cause to dismissKatz10/12/0601867-05
(53)
113. Boston Public Schools and S.B.T/D/UFailure to meet performance standardsBuckalew12/1/0602070-05
(32)
114. Shawsheen Valley Regional School District and D.F.T/S/RInappropriate language in a classroomWalsh12/1/0602702-05
(10)
115. Dracut Public Schools and S.A.T/D/OInappropriate touching a studentLitton12/14/0602515-05
(16)
116. Plympton School DistrictT/D/UAgressive and inappropriate behavior in discipline of students.Stutz1/2/070139-06
(10)
117. Boston Public Schools and E.B.T/S/OInadequate supervision of her classroom and insubordinationBuckelew4/5/0701188-06
(13)
118. WilmingtonT/D/UTeacher violated MCAS security rulesWooters5/10/0701526-05
(30)
119. Oxford Public Schools &J.P.T/S/UTeacher left school early despite principal's instructions not to and other warnings &suspensions for misuse of leave timeCooper7/9/0702641-06
(11)
120. L.P. and Agawam Public SchoolsS/D/NDPrincipal resigned position, not dismissedDaly9/5/0700243-07
(14)
121. Whitman-Hanson Regional School DistrictT/D/UFailed to implement school's curriculum and gave students answers to testsGrossman9/14/0702308-06
(15)
122. Methuen Public Schools &K.T. T/D/UCreated an unacceptable school environmentAltman4/18/0801405-07
(29)
123. Boston Public Schools &P.O. T/D/UFailure to meet performance standardsDunn4/25/0801973-06
(52)
124. Springfield &M.S. GC/D/OCharged with federal crimesDunn7/15/0802430-07
(16)
125. Boston & M.S.T/D/UConduct unbecoming a teacher; neglected student with special needsStutz4/28/09197406
(18)
126. Boston &J.F.T/D/OAllegedly made several attempts to access inappropriate websites during the school dayStutz5/12/0901437-08
(21)
127. Assabet Valley Reg. Voc. School &F.G.T/D/UTeacher left school early without notifying supervisorBuckalew6/25/0900931-08
(24)
128. Springfield & S.A.T/D/UAltered entries in the district's IEP softwareBornstein6/30/0901703-08
(29)
129. Arlington & C.C.T/D/OConduct unbecoming a teacherBoulanger10/27/0901903-07
(62)
130. Gloucester & K.P.T/D/UInappropriate conversations with students; intimidating conduct toward staff and performance inadequaciesBoulanger08/31/0901904-07
(60)
131. Boston & T.U.T/D/OVerbal dispute with principal; restraining order against teacher based on alleged threats against principalCooper12/09/0901449-08
(32)
132. Springfield & K.D.T/D/UInappropriate language used with studentsZack01/28/1001038-09
(9)
133. Lynn & A.P.T/D/UInappropriate comments and video posted on FacebookDunn03/03/1000974-09
(29)
134. Lawrence & A.S.T/D/UDispute with studentCochran06/22/1001480-09
(20)
135. Northeast Metropolitain Reg. Voc. Sch. & D.M.T/D/ODistrict lacked cause for dismissalIrvings07/22/1002283-09
(17)
136. Norton & D.A. IIT/D/OConduct unbecoming a teacher; inappropriate interactions with parents and school officials; failure to report to workPeace10/11/1000006-03
(27)
137. Arlington & C.C. IIT/D/UConduct unbecoming a teacherGolick03/23/11784-10
(27)
138. Georgetown & S.L.T/D/UConduct unbecoming a teacher; MCAS irregularitiesGarraty01/18/1100196-10
(34)
139. Assabet Valley Vocational School District & A.S.T/S/OConduct unbecoming a teacherAchille04/19/1101714-10
140. Fall River & L.S.T/D/UIncompetence; unable to maintain control of a classroomCooper09/19/1102252-09
(11)
141. Beverly & C.AN/D/UIncompetence; failure to meet performance standardsStutz09/21/112284-09
142. Boston & O.P.T/D/UFailure to meet performance standards Dunn 02/16/1201495-10
143. Lawrence & V.R.T/D/UConduct unbecoming a teacher and child abandonment Denaco03/09/120632-11
(27)
144. Arlington & S.B. P/D/UViolated school district?s acceptable use policy; conflict of interestBrynie03/27/122034-07
145. Weymouth & P.O.T/S/UInadequate supervision of studentsCooper04/30/1200127-12
(22)
146. Weymouth & P.O.T/D/OInsubordination; conduct unbecoming a teacherCooper04/30/1200127-12
(22)
147. Springfield & C.G.T/D/UConduct unbecoming a teacherBrown06/26/121437-11
(25)
148. Springfield & E.M.T/D/OAllegedly assisted students during MCAS testBuckalew08/01/1201128-11
(41)
149. West Boylston & S.J.T/D/UTeacher did not have PTS at time of dismissalStutz08/31/120147-12
(9)
150. Boston & A.L.T/D/OReceived negative evaluationsDunn09/17/1201416-11
(47)
151. Wellesley & J.L.T/S/UMisuse of sick timeMcSpiritt09/18/1201999-1
(20)
152. Springfield & K.PT/D/RConduct unbecoming a teacherOverton11/17/1200046-12
(18)
153. Leominster & J.D.T/D/UFailure to meet performance standardsCooper11/19/1201996-11
(25)
154. Springfield & D.B.Sp/D/UAllegations that supervisor used public resources for private gainLitton12/20/121417-11
(32)
155. Springfield & A.B.T/D/UImproper management of student fundsKatz01/07/1302001-11
(51)
156. Boston & A.O.T/D/ODistrict failed to meet contractual requirements for terminationOverton01/31/132178-10
(54)
157. Plymouth & A.D.T/D/UConduct unbecoming a teacherDunn03/13/1301726-12
(31)
158. Fall River & C.M.T/D/ODistrict did not meet burden of proofBuckalew12/2/1300357-12
(117)
159. Fall River & A.G.T/D/UFailure to meet performance standardsO'Brien12/27/1301015-12
(22)
160. Blackstone Valley Voc. Reg. Sch. District & M.S.T/S/UIntentionally disclosed confidential informationHiggins05/01/1401081-12
(20)
161. Boston & B.H.T/D/OViolation of the parties' collective bargaining agreementZaar05/27/1401573-11
(26)
162. Boston & J.D.T/D/U Failure to meet performance standardsIrvings7/16/1401805-12
(42)
163. Shawsheen Valley Tech. & D.F.T/D/UInappropriately touched a studentStutz8/20/1400487-13
(18)
164. Dracut & R.M.T/D/UConduct unbecoming a teacher, insubordination, and failure to comply with a comprehensive evaluation planShea12/16/1401-14-0000-2678
(27)
165. Boston & S.W.H.T/D/OFailure to meet performance standardsCochran01/09/1501185-13
(10)
166. Boston & A.C.T/D/OConduct unbecoming a teacherCochran04/01/1501225-11
(19)
167. Springfield & K.K.T/D/OConduct unbecoming a teacherStutz07/08/1501-14-0001-3053
(24)
168. Lawrence & G.B.T/D/UFailure to meet performance standardsTalmadge12/16/1501-14-0001-3047
(27)

Judicial Decisions

  1. School Comm. of Natick v. Education Assoc. of Natick, 423 Mass. 34, 666 N.E.2d 486 (1996)
  2. Turner v. School Committee of Dedham, 41 Mass. App. 354 (1996)
  3. Westport School Committee v. Coelho, Marchand and Antonucci, 44 Mass. App. Ct. 614, 692 N.E.2d 540 (1998)
  4. Marlborough School Committee v. Leonard Morley, Middlesex Sup. Ct., C.A. No. 95-6633 (Oct. 11, 1996)
  5. School Committee of the City of Boston v. Frederick Bromberg, Suffolk Sup. Ct. C.A. No. 97-4921-C (February 10, 1998)
  6. Porrell v. School Committee of Wayland, 45 Mass. App. Ct. 23 (1998)
  7. City of Worcester, et al. v. Worcester Vocational Teachers Association et al., Worcester Sup.
    Ct., C.A. No. 98-1686B (August 2, 1999)
  8. School Committee of Beverly v. James Geller, 50 Mass. App. Ct. 290 (2000)
  9. Peter Downing v. City of Lowell, 50 Mass. App. Ct. 779 (2001)
  10. Ballotte v. City of Worcester, 51 Mass. App. Ct. 728 (2001)
  11. Geller v. School Committee of Beverly, 435 Mass. 223 (2001)
  12. Goncalo v. School Committee of Fall River, 55 Mass.App.Ct.7 (2002)
  13. Testaverde v. Northeast Metropolitan Vocational School and the Commissioner of Education, Sup. Court Civil Action No. 03-0150 (2003)
  14. South Shore Regional Vocational School District v. South Shore Regional Teachers Federation, et. al., Plymouth Superior Court, C.A. No. 1026-A (August 20, 2003)
  15. Allenson v. Demoura (Connor, J. Bristol Superior Court)
  16. Atwater v. Commissioner of Education (Hogan, J. Essex Superior Court) (2010)
  17. Laurano v. Superintendent of Schools of Saugus [SJC-10856] (SJC 2011)
  18. Arlington Public Schools v. Coughlin (Mass. Super. Ct. 2010)
  19. Atwater v. Commissioner of Education, (460 Mass. 844 2011)

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1Key:

2Chapter 71 arbitration award numbers all begin with # 11 390; these digits have been omitted.

3These numbers indicate page length of arbitration decisions.

4Awards with initials indicate school districts with multiple decisions; each concerns different teachers.

5"I" denotes that this is the first of several decisions concerning the same teacher.

6"II" denotes that this is the second decision concerning the same teacher.

7The courts have reviewed each arbitration award marked by an asterisk*. The judicial decision is described
in the Department's Summary of Arbitration Awards, Section III.



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