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Lt. Governor Griffin Calls for State to Seek Review of Public School Choice Court Case

January 04, 2021

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Lt. Governor Griffin Calls for State to Seek Review of Public School Choice Court Case
Says ‘We shouldn't allow the courts to stonewall the progress Arkansas has made on school choice'

LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin expressed his disapproval with last week's decision by a panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to continue exempting four south Arkansas school systems from the state's public school choice laws. Regarding the decision, Griffin issued the following statement: 

"A three judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reached the wrong decision in this case. As Judge Kobes correctly pointed out in his dissent, the decision 'is antithetical to the goals of desegregation cases: achieving integrated schools and ending federal court supervision. This is a step back that unnecessarily restricts the legitimate policy choices of the people of Arkansas, expressed through the legislature.' This case is extremely important, and I believe Arkansas should seek review of this case by the full nine judge panel of the 8th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. School choice recognizes that parents, not the government, should determine where and how their children are educated, and we shouldn't allow the courts to stonewall the progress Arkansas has made on school choice."

About Lt. Governor Tim Griffin

He was elected lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, for over 22 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq. He is currently serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Colonel Griffin holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.

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