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Fri., March 7, 2014

Rogers to be respected

I barely recognized my neighbor Laurie Rogers as described by Jody Lawrence-Turner in her Oct. 9, 2013, and Feb. 28 Spokesman-Review articles. It seems that after almost five years, the Public Disclosure Commission found that Spokane Public Schools failed to comply with a public records request.

According to Lawrence-Turner, Rogers is a private tutor, frequent critic and describes herself as an advocate for transparent government. Rogers has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication, emphasizing print journalism and the evaluation of argumentation and logic. She also has a work history in finance, print journalism and child advocacy.

Lawrence-Turner describes Rogers as a Spokane woman with a history of needling officials. The Washington State Coalition for Open Government honored Rogers with its Key Award for her efforts on behalf of open government in 2013.

This month this same coalition will hold a conference on Mercer Island, and Rogers has been invited to be a member of an expert panel addressing the role of journalists and citizens in keeping government agencies accountable.

Rogers is the author of “Betrayed: How the Education Establishment Has Betrayed America and What You Can Do About It.” Read it.

Donna Kuhn


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