New Your State School Boards Association

Court of Appeals Decision Reinstating Shenendehowa School Bus Driver


FOR RELEASE:  February 12, 2013

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboard

Today’s ruling by New York State’s highest court reinstating a school bus driver to her job despite her testing positive for marijuana use is most disappointing.  Although the decision is based upon technical provisions of law related to the ultimate authority of courts to reverse the decisions of labor arbitrators, the result of this decision is simply wrong from a public policy perspective.  The New York State School Boards Association entered this case in support of the school district to ensure that the safety of students would be preserved.  Sadly, this decision yields the exact opposite result.

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