Audio recording: KMBZ 980’s Darla Jaye interviews Kathy Brown and Ben Hodge. Largest Kansas college (JCCC) works quickly with illegal students while delaying 15 months with Catholic student.
Below is the YouTube audio recording from the Darla Jaye program on Friday night, May 28, 2010. Darla Jaye spent the full first hour during the 6-7 p.m. slot discussing the latest scandal at JCCC under President Terry Calaway and Board Chair Jon Stewart. Kathy Brown is a nurse and an attorney who went back to school in early 2009 for a year-long course, but felt forced to leave during the first semester of 2009. She alleges two allegations of First Amendment violations.
I was an elected trustee at JCCC through the end of June 2009. Brown and I met about six months ago, long after I had finished my term of representing the county’s 300,000 taxpaying voters. Incredibly, JCCC President Terry Calaway, Board Chair Jon Stewart, and college lawyer Mark Ferguson have not only delayed now for fifteen months in giving Brown a meaningnful reply, they not only violated their own ethical duties to inform me of Brown’s situation, but now they’ve told Brown that she should NOT discuss this matter in public and that Brown is harassing JCCC employees. Given the past lies of JCCC leaders, there’s no reason that we should assume they’re now telling the truth to the public or to Brown.
Keep in mind three things:
- The JCCC motto is “Learning comes first.” Yet never before in the college’s 40-year history has more evidence demonstrated a thorough lack of concern about student well-being, than right right now under the leadership of Jon Stewart and Terry Calaway.
- College leaders have provided no evidence to substantiate their criticisms of Brown. Brown has provided much evidence to back up her claims of law-breaking.
- Amazingly — recently, after just three days — JCCC leaders not only replied to a group of illegal immigrant students about a taxpayer-funded trip to a La Raza conference (read this article by The Kansas City Star’s Jim Sullinger), but during this same period of time that they’re spending taxpayer dollars bullying the conservative former student Kathy Brown, JCCC leaders are on TV giving public praise to the adult illegal immigrant students.
Here is the Darla Jaye interview, in four parts. I’ll have this transcribed in the next few days. Total time, 32 minutes.
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).