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Fair Dismissal Appeals Board

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The Fair Dismissal Appeals Board (FDAB) was originally created in 1971 when ORS 342.805-342.937 replaced the Teacher Tenure Law. FDAB was created to hear appeals of teacher and administrator dismissal, and to provide a uniform statewide system of pre- and post-determination due process for teachers and administrators. It also provides for uniform standards for dismissals.

The law was amended during the 1997 legislative session through SB 880, which changed the name of the statute to “Accountability for Schools for the 21st Century Law.” Substantive and procedural changes were part of that change.

The FDAB consists of 24 members appointed from specific categories:

  • Six members must be administrators in common or union high school districts. One member may be retired prior to appointment if the member had been previously employed as an administrator.
  • Six members must be contract teachers, which one member can be a retired contract teacher. One member may be retired prior to appointment if the member had been previously employed as a contract teacher.
  • Six members must be members of common or union high school district boards at the time of their appointment.
  • Six members may not have any affiliation with any common or union high school district.

Each category must be further distributed by size of school district. Members serve a term of four years but also serve “at the pleasure” of the Governor. An individual member’s term option continues to the completion of an appeal, including a motion for reconsideration.

The board meets annually in October. The meeting is subject to the Public Meetings law and is open to the public.

To contact the Fair Dismissal Appeals Board, please email

Notice of Rulemaking

The FDAB is considering proposed revisions to two administrative rules: OAR 586-010-0300 Annual Meetings and OAR 586-030-0015 Notice of Appeal, Scheduling Hearings and Legal Representation for Panels

We welcome your comments on the proposed rule revisions. You may send your written comments directly to the Fair Dismissal Appeals Board by email to Comments must be received by 9:00 am on Monday, October 23, 2023. 

You may also attend a public hearing on Friday, October 13, at 1:00 pm. The hearing will be held by video conference. You may join the videoconference or participate by phone. To participate by phone, dial 1-833-568-8864; meeting ID 161 704 4578; passcode 992516. If you have trouble accessing the hearing, please contact the FDAB staff at 

The FDAB will meet for the required annual meeting on Monday, October 23 at 9:00 am. The Board will consider public comment received and will vote on the proposed rule revisions. The annual meeting is a public meeting and members of the public are welcome to attend and observe. Notice of the public meeting, including instructions on how to attend the meeting, will be posted to the FDAB website at least ten days prior to the meeting. If you have questions about the public meeting, you can contact the Fair Dismissal Appeals Board staff at