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Re: “Hate group goes bonkers over Bentonville school non-discrimination policy

So the motion was not tabled (4-2 vote), but what was the actual vote, if any, on whether the pass the motion? The article does not say.

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Posted by kenswindle on 04/21/2015 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Lawsuit filed over suspension of 5-year-old for F-word

Both. The Supreme Court stated that the proper way to accomplish an appeal to the School Board is to file a lawsuit, specifically, a writ of mandamus and writ of prohibition, which is what happened. See, Douglas v. Campbell, 89 Ark. 254, 116 S.W. 211 (1909), and Richie v. Board of Education, 326 Ark. 587, 933 S.W.2d 375 (1996). Again, thank you all for the interest. This interest, just like folks running for the school board is what makes our country great. Also, to give a more complete record, although I strongly believe that the school's response was disproportionate to the offense in this instance and should be corrected, I am actually quite pleased with the highly professional and qualified teachers at this school to both of my children there. I am a proud member of the the Watch D.O.G.S. program and the teachers there, in my opinion, set a very high bar and have provided my children a first rate education. This was a grossly disproportionate reaction by the administration, specifically the prinicipal,again, in my opinion, and I am working to address that very specific issue. Thanks again.

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Posted by kenswindle on 03/15/2012 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Lawsuit filed over suspension of 5-year-old for F-word

I appreciate everyone's comments and interest. For the record, I stay quite busy and am quite behind on my work this week due to this case. I did not seek the television or radio publicity from this matter, although it has certainly sought me. Appealing a suspension is a public matter and holding government officials accountable for their decisions is a good thing, I think. To those interested in the facts, the word was said at recess during a playful game. There was no violence associated with it. The child obviously does not understand the word. The reaction of the school was one-day suspension, which skipped over several much smaller steps that the school could have taken by its own punishment guidelines. I felt the punishment was an overreaction and refused to pick my child up as I feared that would send the wrong message to the child. Therefore, the school changed the position to "in-school suspension" for one day. There is only one way to clear that mark from his record and only one way to set an appropriate precedent for how the school should have, in my opinion, used its discretion, and that is to appeal to the school board. This is what I have done. Some of you view the appeal as an overreaction and I understand that. I believe an appeal such as this is what makes America great. The school is not run by some far off dictator like in some countries. It is run by local folks who take time out of their lives to run for the school board because they care about their community. On the one hand, maybe the school board will agree that the school overreacted and give the school a clearer direction on how to handle such situations proportionately in the future. If so, that will protect not only my child, but all children in the school from such overreaction in the future. Several parents have already contacted me to say thanks for indirectly helping to protect their children from such an overreaction, and I deeply appreciate their words of support. On the other hand, maybe the school board will agree with the principal. Either way, this is what makes America great - the right to be heard by an impartial jury of your peers. Thanks again for all of your interest. I have really been surprised and overwhelmed at the interest so many have given to this case.

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Posted by kenswindle on 03/15/2012 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Can judge banish lawyer? UPDATE

Democratis, The problem with holding this judge accounatable is that he is on the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Committee, and the other members of the Committee will not make him recuse or otherwise hold him accountable when a complaint is filed against him. Thus, he has, in effect, immunity to act like a petty dictator, and he uses that immunity in full force. Also, I don't try to hide my identity like others on this list.

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Posted by kenswindle on 07/10/2011 at 3:42 PM
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