Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen Brian Chilson

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen has ruled that the Little Rock School District must release its plan to hold school in the event of a teacher strike tomorrow.

Ross Noland, an LRSD parent and attorney, sued the district after being denied documents that described how the district would staff schools. The LRSD said the entire work stoppage plan was exempt from the Freedom of Information Act because of a state law passed in 2017 that exempts emergency or security records from the FOIA. The district said it considered the work stoppage an emergency, so the entire plan should be withheld from the public.


When pressed on the witness stand by Griffen, Randy Rutherford, executive director of secondary education, said he worried that release of the plan would allow someone with ill intent to “figure out where we would be vulnerable.”

Griffen reviewed the records in the courtroom and told the district he viewed the work stoppage as an “extraordinary” event, not an emergency. He directed LRSD attorneys to redact portions of the plan that directly deal with security and safety and release the document to Noland by 5:30 p.m.


We’ll update the post later.

UPDATE: Here’s the plan.