Hackney director seeks retirement
Mr John, education director at Hackney council in east London, was embroiled in controversy after recommending Ms Brown, head of Kingsmead primary, be suspended over the ticket incident and alleged irregularities surrounding her appointment in 1992. An 18-month inquiry by governors concluded the allegations were not substantiated.
Mr John, 51, has been on sick leave since January. He joined Hackney in 1989 and standards have risen steadily since 1990, but the Romeo row and the closure of Hackney Downs school have dominated public perception.