A Cautionary Note on the Saugus Decision

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided the case of Laurano v. the Superintendent of Schools of Saugus, MA on April 28, 2011. The case resolves the applicability of the dismissal procedures of Chapter 71, section 42 to the non-renewal of

non-professional status teachers. The court held that a non-renewal is not a dismissal within the meaning of M.G.L. c. 71, sect. 42, and it is not necessary to provide notice, reasons and

an opportunity for a meeting to non-renew a non-professional status teacher.

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