Friday, January 25, 2008

Fighting Goliath

At the Legislative forum held in Southbury last night, many parents spoke about the unleveled playing field that they face when confronting their school on matters of parental rights and abuse of their children in school. Most of these parents are just fighting for the right to withdraw their children from public school without a hassle from a school system that has grossly neglected their children's needs.

When schools take parents to court, it is a very costly endeavor for the parents. Schools know this, but since they have the public purse at their disposal, they can continue with costly litigation while driving innocent families to bankruptcy. Families are being sued by schools in order to coerce and bully them into compliance with what the school wants in matters for which parents are supposed to have freedom of choice! You should be able to withdraw your child from a public school, especially if they are not serving the needs of your child, without the school threatening legal action!

The deep pockets of school systems, and the waste of taxpayer money on litigation against these parents acting as advocates for their children, is astounding. Taxpayers everywhere should take a look and see exactly how much money their school system spends on litigation. They should look to see why certain families are being persecuted above and beyond reason!

Every taxpaying citizen should propose, to their school board, that a cap on spending on litigation be made. Legal services that schools contract and pay for should not exceed what any average family could reasonably pay in legal fees. It just isn't right that a school pursues litigation because they have an unending well of money (your tax money) to draw from. In the meantime, lawsuits meant to coerce families and demonstrate the power of the school administration, do much to totally destroy families economically and leave them devastated. That is just plain cruel. Not only are these parents fighting to do what is right for their children's welfare, but their family's bank accounts are being raided to boot!

If school systems had to deal with a finite number of dollars in each specific case, perhaps we'd see more settlements and workable deals between schools and parents in these issues. Perhaps we wouldn't see the number of wasteful lawsuits to begin with. But most of these school systems incur costly litigation, because they CAN.

I urge every taxpayer to investigate what their local school district spends in litigation every year - and what those legal cases were for. Ask yourself if your money is being well spent, or just being used to fund some of the extreme bullying of parents that we in Connecticut have witnessed this past year.

Please know that with regard to bullying in school.. it doesn't only occur child to child.. it is school administrators against parents as well , and happens more often than you think.

Put a cap on school litigation spending - stop the bullying!