Jon Riches, an attorney with the Goldwater Institute, the law firm representing Nicole Solas, alleges the state affiliate of the National Education Association tried to “harass and intimidate” his client into being silent after she demanded to know the lesson plans for her daughter’s kindergarten class.
The union group did so, the attorney and his client allege, by filing a lawsuit against her.
"The union even went so far,” Riches explains, “as to seek emergency relief from the court to circumvent the public records law and prevent Nicole from receiving public information."
On Monday, however, the union withdrew its request for emergency relief.
"Nicole has contended since the union first filed this case that the union has no standing and no legal right to bring the action," says Riches. "The union's voluntary withdraw of its motion appears to recognize the union's flimsy legal standing."
"I can't really believe that it's come this far,” Solas tells American Family News, “because I was a mom enrolling my daughter in kindergarten and I called the principal to ask questions.”
“Every parent has the right to know what their kid is going to learn in school,” the Goldwater attorney concludes. “And when school districts and when unions engage in this sort of obstructionism, and now this bullying, it requires strong parents just like Nicole to stand up to them.”
AFN is seeking comment from the National Education Association's Rhode state affiliate.