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Edit: Finney Gripe Lacks Substance

In our view, Coeur d'Alene School District patron Mary Jo Finney will lose her battle to show that the school board violated state open meeting laws. Also in our view, Finney will win a greater war by raising awareness of an issue of extreme importance: The public's right to know what their elected and appointed servants are doing. While our review of her complaint is informal -- the authority for a legal conclusion resides with the county prosecutor - we find it lacking substance. Several of her foundational statements of fact are inaccurate, rendering some of her conclusions inaccurate as well. The fact that the district legally posted notice of a meeting in Boise that was central to Finney's complaint weakened her argument, if it didn't kill it altogether. And although email was exchanged among school board members and verbal discussions about the potentially explosive debate over "add the words" did take place, we did not find evidence that a secret, illegally derived decision took place/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

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