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NHSBA FILES BRIEF AT NH SUPREME COURT SUPPORTING SCHOOL BOARDS THROUGHOUT NEW HAMPSHIRE
2/24/2006

Summary:
Today, the New Hampshire School Boards Association filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the New Hampshire Supreme Court, in support of one its members, the Epping School Board. The Epping School Board had been sued by a group which calls itself the "Epping Residents for Principled Government, Inc." The basis of the lawsuit, which was dismissed by a lower court, was that the Epping School Board had improperly provided information on various warrant articles to the residents of the Epping School District. Given the issue presented, the case has wide ranging statewide impacts. In its brief, on behalf of school boards throughout the State, the New Hampshire School Boards Association asked the New Hampshire Supreme Court to consider the state-wide impact that the case has on the legal responsibilities of all school boards in the State. In support of affirming the lower court's decision, the Association argued that a local school board must have "the discretion to inform and educate the citizens about the board's goals, objectives and motives,"...and the "failure to engage in these very activities would likely violate the trust and expectations that the community has placed in a school board." NHSBA Executive Director/General Counsel Theodore Comstock and NHSBA Staff Attorney Barrett Christina submitted the brief on behalf of the Association. The case will be heard by the New Hampshire Supreme Court in the near future, with a decision expected later this year. The Amicus Brief is available as a pdf file under the Legal Informaiton section of the website.

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