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[APPEALS]Teacher-suspension case set for Appeals on Wheels
Start Date: 9/11/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/12/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Teacher’s license suspension at issue before Court of Appeals

Franklin College students to hear Sept. 17 oral argument

INDIANAPOLIS – The Court of Appeals of Indiana will conduct oral argument Sept. 17 in Patricia Terkosky v. Indiana Dept. of Education. Terkosky, a former Greene County special education teacher, is appealing a two-year suspension of her teacher’s license for “immorality” and “misconduct in office.”

The argument will be at 1 p.m. in Richardson Chapel at Franklin College, Franklin, Ind. No webcast will be available. Reporters, including student journalists, may ask the court’s permission to record or photograph the argument. Please fax the Court Administrator (317-233-4627) at least 48 hours before the argument. All cameras must be tripod mounted and cannot use flash or strobe lighting.

A panel of Judges John G. Baker, Cale J. Bradford and Elaine B. Brown will hear the case on appeal from Marion Superior Court, where Terkosky challenged her suspension by an administrative law judge at the DOE. The trial court affirmed the license suspension.

The proceedings followed four alleged incidents between Terkosky and students at Worthington Elementary School, in the White River Valley School District. Among the allegations: Terkosky slapped a child’s face; “popped” a student in the mouth; and roughly touched another student.

On appeal, Terkosky says the administrative law judge 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.

She is represented by Attorney Eric M. Hylton. Deputy Attorney General Kyle Hunter will argue the Department’s case.

The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to learn more about the judiciary’s indispensable role in Indiana government.  Since its 2000-2001 centennial, the Court has held more than 365 “traveling oral arguments” at law schools, colleges, high schools and other venues. Terkosky will be the Court’s 23rd traveling oral argument this year.

Once issued, the opinion in Terkosky v. Dept. of Education will be posted under “appellate opinions” on the court’s website,


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Contact Information:
Name: Martin DeAgostino
Phone: 317-234-4859
Entry Type:
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