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Help us Protect Whistle-blower Rights  Raging Chicken Press Interview of Colleen Bradley

Bradley v. West Chester University - 3rd Circuit Strips Whistleblower Rights 

●      Colleen Bradley worked as the Director of Budget and Financial Planning at West Chester University and was fired for whistle-blowing regarding financial misreporting by the university.  She discovered West Chester, would consistently transfer the multimillion dollar surplus to various reserve accounts in the Plant Fund and thus display a much lower operating surplus to the Council of Trustees.   The practice of inflating expenses was a common practice amongst PASSHE institutions justifying the request for higher state appropriations, increasing tuition, retrenching of faculty, and failure to replace faculty and staff across the system.

●        The evidence points to fraudulent behavior and Ms. Bradley reported this up through her chain of command and as a result was fired by West Chester. She filed a lawsuit for wrongful discharge in violation of her First Amendment Rights

●         The Attorney General’s office and the Inspector General’s office failed to investigate or take any action in response to this case in response to the misreporting of financials.

●        In fact, the AG’s office is defending the case against Ms. Bradley arguing that her reporting is not protected by the First Amendment and that the state has an immunity from such suit;

●        The Third Circuit Appeals Court has agreed with the AG’s office and stripped state workers of their First Amendment rights to blow the whistle, a decision that will likely influence other Federal courts throughout the United States.

●        Bradley has filed an appeal (petition for a writ of certiorari) to the Supreme Court of the United States

●        A group of concerned faculty are raising money to file an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to take the case to restore these First Amendment Rights

- Supporting Bradley's case will help all state employees who blow the whistle against state employers engaged in fraud and help all taxpayers by protecting those who expose the fraudulent reporting and spending of tax payer dollars

- Funds will be used to pay the expenses of printing, copying, filing and delivering the brief and the expense for admission to appear before the SCOTUS

Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us to help Colleen Bradley to fight for the First Amendment rights of all state workers!
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Chief Justice Warren first wrote, in a majority opinion of the importance of academic freedom Sweezy v. New Hampshire 354 U.S. 234, 250 (1957).,
The essentiality of freedom in the community of American universities is almost self-evident. No one should underestimate the vital role in a democracy that is played by those who guide and train our youth. To impose any strait jacket upon the intellectual leaders in our colleges and universities would imperil the future of our Nation …Teachers and students must always remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate, to gain new maturity and understanding; otherwise our civilization will stagnate and die.
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A bit of the amicus brief - let us know if you support us.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Bradley v. West Chester University, will at a minimum have a chilling effect on academic freedom. The freedom that is fundamentally important to the American system of higher education and education at all levels. The decision is contrary to the protections of academic freedom recognized by this Court. The decision is contrary to the balancing of the rights of public employees and public employer interests that this Court has recognized and does not further the purpose of the Garcetti, Lane or Rankin standards. The decision by the Third Circuit serves no legitimate protection of state employer interests, nor does it do anything to protect the efficient functions of the state as an employer or the taxpayers of the state. In order, to protect the long-valued principal of academic freedom, this Court must reverse the decision of the Third Circuit.
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"To regard teachers -- in our entire educational system, from the primary grades to the university -- as the priests of our democracy is therefore not to indulge in hyperbole. It is the special task of teachers to foster those habits of open-mindedness and critical inquiry which alone make for responsible citizens, who, in turn, make possible an enlightened and effective public opinion." Justice Frankfurter Let's protect the "priests of democracy" - every $1 gets us closer to our goal
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