My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: NJ
I was recently dismissed from my position as a non-tenured public high school teacher. I don't believe that the reasons for dismissal were valid - essentially that student grades were too low during the first quarter of the year. I had 19 of 86 students fail the first quarter. In any case, I understand that my contract does allow for my dismissal for any cause. However, it was very important to me that my dismissal be discussed in an open session at the Board of Education and I was also denied that opportunity. I received a notice that the Board was going to discuss my dismissal (Rice letter) but it arrived too late for me to make the request. The Superintendent gave me the following explanation for why the Rice notice was not needed in this case:
"The Board voted in public, without discussion, using your employee identification number."
Is it true that a Rice notice is optional when a public employee is being dismissed?