Josephsons Fight to Keep Case Alive

After Judge Rosenberg ruled that the Josephsons complaint must be submitted to arbitration (even the issue of whether the dispute is arbitrable is delegated to the arbitrator in the clause), the Josephsons filed two extensively researched and powerfully argued briefs asking the California Court of Appeals to issue a writ of mandate to stay the proceedings. Under the rules of procedure …

Archer’s Elizabeth English Demands Unconscionable Arbitration Clause

September 1, 2013 Archer’s Elizabeth English Demands Unconscionable Arbitration Clause If you don’t want updates on the Josephsons’ lawsuit, we apologize. Pease just tell us to remove your name. (Only about 5% of recipients did so and the very heavy traffic on the website www.JosephsonvsArcher.com indicates strong interest.) SHOULD YOU SIGN? Today, Archer parents are expected to have signed the school …

Arbitration Abuse

Using a mandatory, take-it-or-leave-it arbitration clause to deny parents the right to go to court or hold the school publicly accountable for physical or emotional abuse (even sexual molestation and assault) done to their child at school . Every year a parent at a private school enrolls they are required to sign a mandatory arbitration clause that surrenders their right to …

Establishing Oversight Responsibility of Board of Trustees

“This action is not only meant to hold the Archer School for Girls and its head of school, Elizabeth English accountable for flagrant violations of basic professional educational standards, it is also intended to change the way private schools conduct their business, especially regarding interactions with parents and disciplining students. In addition to articulating new standards for educator malpractice, we expect …

Why doesn’t Ms. English put the interests of Archer first and resign?

Some have called Archer’s Head of School, Elizabeth English, the Nurse Ratched of Archer.  Their leadership styles seem so similar. In the wake of huge expenditures of money trying to censor and punish the Josephsons (about $400,000) and inept handling of the Archer Forward project costing about $10 million simply trying to get approval,  a logical question is asked more often: …

Beware of the Arbitration Trap

Archer, like most other private schools, includes a comprehensive completely one-sided arbitration clause (it only benefits the school) requiring parents to agree to submit any dispute arising under the agreement to a process designed to keep their grievances private and to prevent them from using the court system to prove their claims and provide remedies, including public accountability. The Josephsons …

What Every Archer Parent Should Know

In a recent letter sent to all Archer parents, Barbara Bruser, chair of the Board of Trustees labeled the Josephson’s lawsuit meritless and malicious and declared that the entire Board fully supports Ms. English.  The Josephsons contend that this unqualified endorsement of policies and practices described on this website should be taken as a warning by all Archer parents declaring …

Compelling evidence of malice

Plaintiffs allege that many of the acts committed by Archer’s Head of School, Elizabeth English were malicious (intended to harm as opposed to accomplishing a legitimate educational goal). Though Ms. English and the Board would still be liable for intentional infliction of emotional harm even if there was no malice (it is enough that the defendants knew that the harm …

Sometimes you need a judge to help get to the truth.

  One of the reasons to go to court is that it is a place where it is difficult and dangerous to lie or deceive. Courts are intolerant of shams and pretexts, they see through phony arguments, pretexts and prevarications. A trial doesn’t always get to the truth but putting witnesses under oath and subjecting them  to the penalty of …