Board of Trustees of Compton Junior College District v. Stubblefield

94 Cal. Rptr. 318 (1971)

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Board of Trustees of Compton Junior College District v. Stubblefield

California Court of Appeal
94 Cal. Rptr. 318 (1971)

Facts

Joseph Stubblefield (defendant) was a teacher employed with the Compton Junior College District (the district) (plaintiff). After a police officer found Stubblefield and a student engaging in a sexual act in his car, Stubblefield fled, knocking the officer to the ground and leading to a high-speed chase. Stubblefield was notified by the district that he would be terminated on the grounds that he had engaged in immoral conduct and was unfit to serve as a teacher, pursuant to California state law. After holding an informal hearing, the district requested a hearing before a superior court to determine whether the charges against Stubblefield were true and, if true, whether the charges were grounds for dismissal under state law. The superior court concluded that the charges were true and were grounds for dismissal. Stubblefield appealed the decision, arguing that his conduct did not constitute grounds for dismissal, because it was not immoral conduct or evidence that he was unfit to teach.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Compton, J.)

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