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Re: “Does "Open Meetings" law mean Wake school board meetings must be open?

In reply to the comment above suggesting that the meeting be put on television, that is a choice of the television producers. I can assure you that every local channel in Raleigh had cameras running during the entire meeting. They are always at every meeting. Ask them to put it on the air.
The school board has no objection to news coverage of the full meeting.

Posted by Fred Johnson on 05/09/2010 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Does "Open Meetings" law mean Wake school board meetings must be open?

I think this lawsuit has no merit. Your article states "Cramped meeting room". In fact, it is not cramped. The fire department limits it to 60 people.
The public meeting law does not specify the everyone has to be able to attend. It just says the meeting has to be public and the news media have to be able to attend. I was there and so were the news cameras. The meeting met all the requirements of the law. This is just an attempt to get political points in the media. Even if a judge were to rule that the space was not big enough, which is unlikely, they could hold the next meeting in a stadium and vote again. The vote will not change with a larger room and more paid protesters making noise.
I am sorry the law does not allow the people attended to be limited to residents of Wake County. If that limit were allowed, the number of protestors would be almost zero. The Wake County sheriff's office and the arrest records show that the people making noise outside trying to disrupt the meeting were, for the most part, from outside Wake County.
A survey done by Civitas and another by the N&O show that 75% of Wake County residents agree with the school boards efforts to improve the graduation rates of all students and not waste $16 millions dollars per year bussing students around to make the diverity numbers look good. It is the Wake County Board of Education, not the Wake County Board of Social Engineering.

Posted by Fred Johnson on 05/09/2010 at 3:49 PM

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