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 the court to make it clear that recent laws imposing rigorous oversight responsibilities on governing boards to prevent employee misconduct apply to private school trustees. This should put an end to rubber stamp boards who accept and approve whatever management tells them and any lingering notion that volunteer board members are merely window dressing with no substantial responsibility.”


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