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‘Appeals on Wheels’ takes teacher license suspension case to Franklin

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Franklin College will host a traveling Court of Appeals oral argument Sept. 17 in which a teacher appeals the suspension of her license by a Department of Education administrative law judge.

A Marion Superior Court judge affirmed the suspension of Patricia Terkosky’s teaching license on allegations of “immorality” and “misconduct in office.” Terkosky’s license suspension proceedings came after allegations that she slapped a child’s face, “popped” a student in the mouth and roughly touched another student, according to the Court of Appeals.

Terkosky taught at Worthington Elementary School in the White River Valley School District in Greene County. According to the Court of Appeals, Terkosky argues the ALJ lacked legal authority to suspend her, failed to issue required findings of fact, improperly applied California case law and failed to identify substantial evidence of immorality or misconduct.

Terkosky is represented by Riley, Bennett & Egloff LLP attorney Eric M. Hylton, and Deputy Attorney General Kyle Hunter will defend the license suspension for the DOE. The case is Patricia Terkosky v. Indiana Department of Education, 49A02-1212-PL01000.

Arguments will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at Richardson Chapel at Franklin College. Judges on the panel scheduled to hear the case are John Baker, Cale Bradford and Elaine Brown. The case will be the 23rd traveling argument this year for the COA, which since 2000 has heard more than 365 “appeals on wheels” around the state.

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