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Purpose: Josephson vs. Archer and Elizabeth English – Creating a Safe and Ethical Schools

Josephson vs. Archer and Elizabeth English This  site (currently in transition) originally focused exclusively on allegations of unprofessional, unethical and illegal conduct by Elizabeth English, head of school of the wealthy west-side Archer School for Girls.  Josephson vs. Archer and Elizabeth English was filed by Michael Josephson (founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and a prominent radio commentator on ethics) and his wife Anne (founder of JAG Gym, one of the nation's largest children's gymnastics facilities) on behalf of two of their children who were essentially ejected from the school improperly. There extensive allegations were never adjudicated in court or properly investigated by the Archer Board of Trustees. The Archer Board refused to investigate the claims and instead unleashed an army of lawyers to prevent their claims from getting to court. The Josephsons, driven by the Edmund Burke insight: "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing"  persisted but the school's lawyers (running up bills upward of $300,000) were able to keep the case out of the judicial system and force it into a secret arbitration proceeding. The Josephsons chose to dismiss their claims rather than subject them to a process that could not provide the remedies they sought - public accountability and law reform. This website is the Josephsons' way of subjecting Elizabeth English, her Board of Trustees, and the school to public scrutiny and the court of public opinion. It is also a warning to parents at Archer and other private schools about the abuse of arbitration provisions and the exercise of absolute power by school administrators. While it will remain an archive of the lawsuit, the primary purpose of the website will shift to become a comprehensive resource to provide parents, educational professionals, board members and legislators with information about the legal duties, professional responsibilities and moral obligations of schools to provide a safe and ethical school environment. A safe and ethical environment is one that assures the physical and emotional well-being of students by holding all administrators, faculty and staff accountable to teach, enforce, advocate, and model trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship (the Six Pillars of Character).  

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Archer expansion may be disaster for students

Archer expansion may be disaster for students

Although parents and teachers at Archer have been encouraged to rejoice at the news that the plannin...
VICTORY: IT’S OVER! – Note from Michael Josephson

VICTORY: IT’S OVER! – Note from Michael Josephson

We didn't achieve all of our goals (judicial precedent-setting rulings on the conduct of Archer Scho...
Changing Purpose: Creating a Safe and Ethical School Environment

Changing Purpose: Creating a Safe and Ethical School Environment

As the Josephson vs. Archer lawsuit winds down, this site will be converted to “The Legacy of Jose...
Archer Expansion Plan – Facts & Prospects (1/25/15)

Archer Expansion Plan – Facts & Prospects (1/25/15)

Leadership is more than rhetoric.   Effective leaders keep their promises and achieve their goals. ...
Where Are We Now, How Did We Get Here & What’s Next?  Q & A With Michael Josephson About Josephson vs. Archer

Where Are We Now, How Did We Get Here & What’s Next?  Q & A With Michael Josephson About Josephson vs. Archer

Q: What is the current status of the Josephson vs. Archer lawsuit? MJ: Immediately after the Court ...
21 QUESTIONS FOR THE ARCHER BOARD

21 QUESTIONS FOR THE ARCHER BOARD

THE BUCK STOPS WITH THE ARCHER BOARD. The most important job of a private school's governing boar...
Elizabeth English and Archer Board Prolong Litigation

Elizabeth English and Archer Board Prolong Litigation

STATUS OF LAWSUIT Elizabeth English and Archer Board prolong litigation by opposing dismissal. Yes,...

Decide for Yourself: Elizabeth English’s Declaration & the Josephsons’ Response

Letters About the Josephsons’ Grievances Against Archer and Ms. English

Why were the Josephsons so adamant in opposing the student hearing?