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Clark County Students & Teachers Deserve The Improvements These Candidates Will Bring

Posted in Board of Education (General), In The News, School Board Election 2012 with tags , , , on October 8, 2012 by Joan Graves

 

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A school board run like a successful business. A board of education whose priority is a better education for all. School board members interacting with the community. Board meetings where the community is welcomed and encouraged to speak out. An educational system that gets better every year. A public school system that is held as a model for all others who wish to improve.

Do these things seem impossible to you? They shouldn’t. We can achieve these things with the right people on the board. Our current school board is nowhere near what it should be – what it has been. But as great as we’ve been in the past we can be better. We are the community. We are the parents. We are Clark County and we are standing up for more.

If you don’t know your district that’s okay. On election day just go to the polls and push the button for the candidate in the number 1 slot on the ballot. Stand Up Clark County intends to make Clark County Public Schools number 1. It starts with voting for the candidate in that slot.

 

CCPS Employees Protect Yourself: Know The Law About Election Participation

Posted in Documents, Elaine Farris, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2012 by Joan Graves

Did you know that there are laws that spell out exactly how school employees should conduct themselves with board of education candidates? If an employee breaks one of the laws he or she may be fired and the candidate  removed from the ballot. It’s the responsibility of the superintendent to distribute to employees the specific laws. I do not know if Elaine Farris has done that or not but I don’t want to see an employee fired for something he or she doesn’t know. Therefore, you will find the Kentucky statutes outlining what an employee can and cannot do with a candidate for the school board listed below.

School District Employees’ Participation In School Board Campaigns

The specific law about employee participation in campaigns by school board candidates is KRS 161.164 and it states in full:

1.  No employee of the local school district shall take part in the management of any political campaign for school board.

2. No candidate for school board shall solicit or accept any political assessment, subscription, contribution or service of any employee of the school district.

3.  No person shall use or promise to use, directly or indirectly, any official authority or influence, whether possessed or anticipated, to secure or attempt to secure, for any person an appointment or advantage in appointment to a position as teacher or employee of any district board of education, or an increase in pay or other advantage in employment in any such position, for the purpose of influencing the vote or political action of any person.

4.  No teacher or employee of any district board of education shall be appointed or promoted to, or demoted or dismissed from, any position, or in any way favored or discriminated against with respect to employment because of his political or religious opinions or affiliations or ethnic origin or race or color or sex or age or disabling condition.

5.  The local superintendent shall inform all school employees of the provisions of this section.

Paragraph 1 originally included a prohibition against school district employees taking part in the “activities” of any political campaign for school board. However, in 1992 the Kentucky Supreme Court, in State Board for Elementary and Secondary Education v. Howard, 834 S,W 2nd 657, declared the Prohibition against participation in activities of political campaigns for school board to be unconstitutional.

In 1992, the Attorney General’s Office issued Opinion 92-145 listing specific examples of “permitted conduct and prohibited services.” The following is the quoted text from that opinion:

PERMITTED CONDUCT: The following are permitted pursuant to KRS 161.164(2):

1.  Registration and voting.

2.  Nominating petitions. School district employees may voluntarily sign a school board nominating petition.

3.  Expression of opinion. School district employees may privately and publicly express their personal opinions regarding a school board candidate, either in person, by telephone, or in writing.

4.  Political pictures and signs. School district employees may voluntarily display school board campaign signs and other signs on their property.

5.  Badges, buttons, and bumper stickers. School district employees may voluntarily wear school board campaign badges or buttons. However, no school board candidate badges or buttons may be worn by a school district employee while such employee is on official duty.

6.  Campaign literature distribution. A school board candidates may provide on request campaign literature for the personal use of school district employee.

PROHIBITED SERVICES:  A school board candidate can not solicit or accept the following services if performed by a school district employee:

1.  Campaign literature distribution. A school board candidate may not solicit or accept the distribution of campaign literature or material by a school employee.

2.  Solicitation of political support. A school board candidate may not solicit or accept the services of a school district employee in canvassing a district or soliciting political support for a school board candidate, either in person, by telephone or in writing. However, school district employees may state, in writing or in person, their personal opinions to others.

3.  Providing assistance or working for the school board candidate’s campaign.

The Attorney General’s Office has consistently recognized that school board candidates may not solicit or accept contributions and services from school district employees. This prohibition applies equally to agents of the candidate. Therefore, the school board candidate’s campaign manager and staff are prohibited from solicitation or accepting the services of school employees on behalf of the campaign.

Caveat:  The law places the burden on the candidate not to solicit or “accept” the prohibited conduct. This means that even if you are never asked to do anything this is prohibited, if you voluntarily do so (i.e. contribute money, pass out campaign literature, etc.), you could be jeopardizing the candidacy of the person you support.

      Many of you have asked me why Steve created a Facebook fan page rather than a group. In order to create a group you must include people automatically or send an invitation to join the group. If he did either of those things he would be breaking the law and be disqualified from running.

It’s great to see so many people Standing Up in Clark County. Keep sending us your questions and don’t hesitate to Believe with Steve.