Free Speech Case FOI Hearing
FOI Hearing Thurs., Dec. 13, 2007, In Doninger Case
Editor's Note: CT-N, the Connecticut Network, plans to cover the hearing. Often, the network tapes hearings and runs the broadcast several times a day or two later.
The school system that banned Avery Doninger from running for office and suppressed the write-in vote electing her as 2008 Class Secretary of Lewis Mills High School in Burlington will have some explaining to do on Thursday.
Three complaints have been consolidated for a state Freedom of Information Commission hearing beginning at 9:30 a..m. at 18-20 Trinity St., Hartford.
For background, Andy Thibault's Cool Justice Report blog has produced what it calls The Avery Doninger Case Readers Digest Version:
Avery Doninger, a senior at Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington, CT, has civil rights actions pending in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City and U.S. District Court in New Haven. She and her mother, Lauren Doninger, sued Principal Karissa Niehoff and Superintendent Paula Schwartz after they removed Avery from the ballot for Class of 2008 secretary.
Avery Doninger was among a group of four students who lobbied the community for support of an annual battle of the bands sponsored by the Student Council. The student council adviser suggested the students reach out to taxpayers and the students copied the adviser an on email to the community.