Tuesday, March 30, 2021

PCSSD reluctantly releases records regarding former teacher

Is PCSSD a shitty district, with shitty leadership and shitty teachers?

Russ Racop - March 30, 2021

On March 5th Karla Lasiter, a kindergarten teacher at Crystal Hill Elementary school, forced a Black five year old student to unclog a poop and toilet paper filled commode using his bare hands.

The student's family complained and Lasiter was removed from the classroom and quickly resigned in an attempt to make the matter go away.

We sent a Freedom of Information request to the school district... and as usual, they were extremely unwilling to comply with the requirements of the AFOIA.

 ...and as usual, they were extremely unwilling to comply with the requirements of the AFOIA.


We waited another three days and sent another email.

The PCSSD failed to provide the materials in the statutory time. 

They blamed it on the departure of Jill Clark, a communications legal associate for the district.

PCSSD is still fuming over me providing damaging testimony against them in a lawsuit, Pulaski Cty. Special Sch. Dist. v. Delaney, 2019 Ark. App. 210, 575 S.W.3d 420 (2019),  they lost in Circuit Court and then again when they appealed the Circuit Court's decision.


That is a landmark FOI case cleverly filed and won by fellow blogger and attorney Matt Campbell. 

That case set a precedent: An individual can request to a public agency, that public records ion their possession be provided in electronic form (scanned) and be emailed to the requestor at NO CHARGE.

So you can see why the Pulaski County Special School District is not in any hurry to provide public records to us upon request.

The district finally provided some of the requested records today.


We found some interesting documents we have not seen published elsewhere.



***UPDATE 0 05/03/21*** 

 A parent of a student at Chrystal Hill Elementary School forwarded a message ex-teacher Lasiter sent the families of her former students.

 We provided this to the Pulaski County Special School District and willsee if they send families a response.