Monday, May 16, 2005

BoE hires big DC law firm to fight back at parents

The Montgomery County Board of Education (BOE) has reportedly hired a constitutional lawyer from the DC mega-law firm Hogan & Hartson to fight parents who object to MCPS discrimination against specific religions and other issues in a new "health" program. A federal judge imposed a restraining order on the school system.

Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, which defeated the county in federal court, reports that the BOE strategy is to out-spend the parents. BOE is "likely to spend a large amount of money litigating this case in court," according to CRC.

"CRC hopes the BOE will avoid this expenditure and begin negotiations to rewrite the curriculum. At this point, the BOE is unwilling to do this."

Hogan & Hartson says it has an army of a thousand lawyers in its firm.