Archer Surrenders to Additional Demands of Brentwood Neighbors and Councilman Bonin to Gain Approval of a Limited Expansion Project

When construction will begin (given fund-raising shortfalls) and parent concerns re: impact on social and educational experience of students remain unanswered. (see Secrets and Lies: What Archer is Not Telling Parents below; Archer has not updated its Archer Forward site since April, 2015))  Here’s what Archer got approval for after expending nearly $10 million dollars: From the Archerneighbors.com website: ow you …

Resignation of Elizabeth English Likely in Face of Rumored Parent Opposition and Loss of Board Confidence

Updated 7/15/15. On multiple occasions we requested comment – confirmation, denial or statement – from Ms. English’s layers  re: rumors that Elizabeth English is to resign as head of Archer School sometime this summer. The attorneys offered no corrections of any of the facts giving rise to the speculation (see below) but did say that any statement that Ms. English’s departure is …

Is Elizabeth English the Nurse Ratched of Archer?

Elizabeth English and Nurse Ratched One of the reasons Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is such a frightening villain is her assertion and exercise of  complete power over the patients in her care. The pleadings and documentation posted on this site demonstrate that Elizabeth English asserted and exercised a similar power over students and parents in contravention …

WHAT’S LEFT? ARCHER NEIGHBORS SEEK MORE RESTRICTIONS ON EXPANSION PROJECT

Archer parents need to know whether the unavoidable negative impact on the educational and social experience of students during 3 years of construction is wise or justified in view of new demands for restrictive conditions.  Prior to the June 30, 2015 meeting of the Planning and Land Use Committee of the Los Angeles City Council, Thelma Waxman, leader of the Brentwood Neighbors …

Elizabeth English to Resign? Facts, Speculation & Rumors of Imminent Departure

Updated 6/27/15. We have been beset with rumors swirling around the Archer Community that Elizabeth English is to resign as head of Archer School sometime this summer. We have asked Archer’s attorneys to confirm, deny or otherwise comment on the growing speculation that Ms. English will announce her resignation soon and invited them to correct, amend or comment on the major …

Josephson v. Archer: Where We Are Now (Archer Prolongs Case Again) and How We Got There (Interview With Michael Josephson)

Elizabeth English and Archer Board Refuse to Accept Arbitrator’s Decision, Ask Court for Additional Hearings Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face . . . At the direction of Archer Head of School, Elizabeth English and the Archer Board, a small army of lawyers launched a money-is-no-object, scorched earth strategy to force the Josephsons out of court …

SECRETS & LIES: What Archer is not telling parents about the Archer Forward expansion project

[Since 2011, Elizabeth English, with support of the Board of Trustees, has been promoting to donors, parents and students the benefits of an ambitious, but doomed from the start, $70 million five-year campus expansion plan. (West Side Today, 12/9/15 http://westsidetoday.com/2014/12/09/l-planning-commission-holds-first-four-public-hearings-archer-school-girls-expansion/). The Archer expansion project has been a central objective of the Board and Ms. English for years and she has worked very …

10 Questions Parents Coming to or Staying at Archer Should Ask

Parents considering enrolling their students at the Archer School for Girls in the next few years and parents who plan to keep their children enrolled at Archer must consider whether their children will have the kind of educational experience they want and will be paying for. Although parents and teachers at Archer have been encouraged to rejoice at the news …

VICTORY: IT’S OVER AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME

4/26/15  (Note from Michael Josephson). We can’t be specific, but we are very, very happy with our complete victory. Though we didn’t achieve all of our goals (judicial precedent-setting rulings on the conduct of Archer School for Girls head of school, Elizabeth English, and the Archer Board, the legal oversight obligations of the Board or the propriety and enforceability of …

An Easy Way Out for Archer: Final Settlement Possibility (Rejected)

This post from January 25, updated on April 26, 2015 demonstrates the lengths to which the Archer Board has been willing to go to shield Elizabeth English from the logical consequences of her choices. It also demonstrates the non-monetary reform goals of the Josephsons and the unwillingness of the Board to consider important reforms. Peace at last? An Easy Way …