Friday, June 10, 2011

West Bend School Board gets a second chance to do the right thing, but only because they're forced to.


The fact that this is also the morally and legally correct action apparently has little traction with the zealous Puritans... only the threat of fines. I wonder if this is how they operate in the rest of their lives. Randy? Dave? Tim? Only do what's right when there's a sword hanging over you?

Will they do the right thing >NOW

BoardDocs® Agenda Item: 5.A 7:40 Consideration of rescission of May 9, 2011 board action regarding recognition of the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) as a school-sponsored club



Topic and Background:
Based upon their legal analysis of the factual allegations, applicable laws and legal precedence, two separate law firms have indicated that it is more likely than not that the GSA would prevail on the merits of the lawsuit filed in federal court against the District as a result of the denial of the GSA’s application for recognition as a school sponsored club. The two firms estimate that the cost of defending the lawsuit would range from $215,000-320,700. They also estimate the amount of time that Board members, administrators and other District employees would be involved in litigation activities could range from 224-328 or more hours over the next year. If the GSA should prevail, the District would also likely be responsible for payment of the plaintiff’s attorneys’ costs and fees incurred in the litigation.
The leadership recommendation is to approve the application of the GSA for club status.

3 comments:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

So does this mean you are willing to fund my previously suggested student group?

(Now that you seem to advocate funding groups of a religious nature.)

Mpeterson said...

lol. So you haven't done the research yet on the Equal Access law, eh? If you had, you'd be laughing right now. ;^)

Kevin Scheunemann said...

Equal access?

So a student group professing the same principles in the GSA Press release can get the same funding, while advocating traditional values concerning marriage instead?

I think you would have a problem with "equal access" in such a circumstance for such a group.

If you truly value "equal access", give parents a choice with vouchers. Parents can then opt out of a system that embraces values the parents may not like.