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School district sues parent over blog posts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by Joan Graves

I may be the “obnoxious parent” but that doesn’t make me wrong.

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You know, the obnoxious parent who stands up at every school board meeting, making the same boring point week after week, month after month, finally slipping into accusations about the ethical behavior of the board members and administrators who do not jump to the parent’s wishes — yeah, that one.

She’s a thorn in the side of any district governing board, but often enough correct about new policies, and sometimes in exposing wrongdoing, that most boards tolerate the barbs and try to fix the problems legitimately pointed out.

But what if the parent “thorn” has a blog?

The drama unfolded in Galveston; as of right now, it looks as though the district will back down from its threat after the blogger held fast; surely this will not be the last of such stories we see.

The school district in Galveston, Texas, threatened to sue a parent for views expressed…

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School Superintendent Files Lawsuit Over FB Posts – Sound Familiar?

Posted in Elaine Farris, In The News, Lawsuit, National Stories with tags , , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by Joan Graves

It seems we are not alone. This article is eerily similar to our current situation.  What I found most interesting was that this superintendent was also very vague in the complaint. I am amazed that our court system allows lawsuits to even be filed without identifying specific details about what the crime is supposed to be. No wonder how court systems are backed up.

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First Court Appearance

Posted in In The News, Lawsuit, Point of View with tags , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by Joan Graves
Clark County Courthouse

Clark County Courthouse (Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn)




Today was the first court appearance in the lawsuit filed against me by superintendent Elaine Farris. It was a minor motion that required a judge’s ruling as attorneys squabbled over legal details. It took longer waiting for our turn than it did to actually complete the process.


My attendance was not required today, as my attorney could have easily represented me. But it was me that made the commitment to you, not my attorney. Therefore, I believe it is my responsibility to be in that courtroom every time, for every motion or procedure. Whether it’s 15 minutes or 6 hours out of my day doesn’t matter. Not a second of time I sit in that courtroom is wasted, because it is time that I am representing you and our fundamental values.


I was well aware of the difficulties, hardships and successes that came with the leadership role of Stand Up Clark County. When I accepted that position I accepted all the terms that accompany it, forgoing the opportunity to pick and choose when it was convenient for me to represent you. I cannot give you details of the actual case but I can give you my time, effort, energy and commitment. And I do not take my commitments lightly.


Without a doubt, I know that Clark County Public Schools have brighter days on the horizon. It is that unshakable faith, our commitment to education and your support and encouragement that will catapult our community into a better tomorrow.


Stand Up Clark County, we are fully committed.


Keeping You In The Loop

Posted in Lawsuit, Point of View with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2012 by Joan Graves

I just wanted to take a quick second to update everyone on our current legal status. Obviously, I am not in a position to provide a great deal of detailed information. However, what I can say is that we have excellent representation. It is amazing what has been accomplished by our legal team in a very short amount of time. I am fully convinced that I have the absolute best legal council that is available.

There is no reason to entertain the notion that we will do anything but triumph in this matter. The latter part of last week resulted in a flurry of legal activity that benefited me in this lawsuit and our group as a whole. In matters such as this truth is considered an “absolute defense”. The intent of Stand Up Clark County has always been and always will be to provide our children with the best possible education through accountability.

The support of the community has been extremely uplifting. Even during what is the busiest time of year some of you have paused for a moment to send us a note of gratitude. Each message of hope or encouragement gives us the strength to continue on. Your small acts of kindness go so much further than you realize.

As always we thank you for your unwavering support and encourage you to keep standing up for what is noble and just.