Keeping our stakeholders informed
FRANCIS HOWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT
June 14, 2022
Dear FHSD Staff and Families:
We want to share an update regarding the settlement of the lawsuit,
Christopher Brooks, et al. v. Francis Howell School District, et al.
Please see below for a public statement regarding the lawsuit.
The Francis Howell School District values stakeholder comments and the public’s participation in its Board meetings. Members of Francis Howell Families—a local group—recently sued the District and Board of Education regarding their right to reference the group and its website during the patron comments section of school board meetings. A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the Francis Howell Families members.
In order to avoid further expenses and litigation, the parties have reached an agreement to resolve the lawsuit.
The Board acknowledges the guidance from the judge, agrees with the members of Francis Howell Families that it will not apply the questioned advertisement policy to patron comments, and will review and assess any necessary policy revisions. The District remains committed to listening to and valuing the feedback of all patrons.