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State Ed Board sets special meeting for Fri., in do-over for ‘transparency and openness’

Idaho’s state Board of Education has announced a special meeting this Friday at 8:30 a.m. Mountain time, via teleconference, in a re-do of a meeting that it held on Monday regarding proposals to the 2017 Legislature, including changes to teacher evaluation data provisions and dual credit.

The board issued this statement:

“Questions have been raised regarding whether the meeting held by the Board on September 19, 2016, was consistent with Idaho's Open Meeting Law.  In an abundance of caution, and out of a desire to return the public discourse to the substantive matters under consideration, the Board has decided to declare the action taken at that meeting void and rescheduled the meeting for September 23rd.  Notice and an agenda for the September 23rd meeting have been posted in accordance with the Open Meeting Law.  Although not required by the Open Meeting Law, the Board posts all Board meeting materials on its website prior to its meetings in an effort to fully inform the public of its business.  The meeting materials for the September 23rd meeting are the same as those made available for the meeting that took place September 19th.”

Anyone who would like to listen in to the meeting can call (877) 820-7829, and enter participant code 9096313. There’s more info online here. State Board Executive Director Matt Freeman told Idaho EdNews on Tuesday, “We’d rather make sure it’s right and that everybody feels like we did it on the up and up. Transparency and openness is important to us.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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