Jasper, AR asked in Education Law for Arkansas

Q: How can A school board member who does not follow rules/policies be held accountable other than recall

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A: In Arkansas, there are several mechanisms to hold a school board member accountable for not following rules or policies, apart from a recall. These include filing a formal complaint with the school board or the district superintendent, which can initiate an internal investigation. If the behavior is in violation of state laws or regulations, the Arkansas Department of Education may intervene. Legal action could also be considered in cases of serious violations, potentially resulting in penalties, fines, or removal from office. The board itself may have provisions for censuring or disciplining members internally. As a last resort, unseating the board member in the next election is another democratic way to address the issue.

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