Allen Dyer posted earlier today on the howardpubliced e-mail list that his administrative hearing, which was supposed to have resumed on June 6, has instead been postponed to June 28 due to the availability (or rather, lack thereof) of the administrative law judge. Good development for Allen Dyer, bad for lots of other people.
Obviously now at this point the calls from the back rows-- and now, probably from more rows toward the front-- will be for the case against Allen Dyer to be dismissed, and allow him to spend his remaining 4-5 months on the Board of Education as merely the lame duck member he is. Way to go, administrative law court.
It's a little frustrating here the way this whole thing works. Local Board of Education members can't be removed by a local body (ie, the County Council, who, well, simply confirms their appointment when they are appointed), but by the State Board of Education. And the State Board oh so nicely turfed this to the administrative law court. Who now is kind of hanging out, shrugging their shoulders, and saying, "meh."
I think that this has gone on long enough that a decision needs to be rendered. And while I certainly hope for a particular outcome, there needs to be an outcome on the record. I think it's safe to say that regardless of the ruling, and regardless of his elected status, Allen Dyer will be a fixture on the education scene in Howard County for years to come. This entire episode needs to be closed with a ruling. One way or the other.