Friday, July 20, 2018

New state law potentially pits transparency against school safety

"It does not give school boards unfettered discretion to discuss everything behind closed doors," said Melissa Melewski, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

MORE:

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/new-state-law-potentially-pits-transparency-against-school-safety/article_4ee7b8a6-8ac8-11e8-b135-af6745457cb7.html

1 comment:

  1. Here's a big issue with the bill. Overall, elected and appointed school board members have little technical awareness nor training in school security or school safety issues.

    Few, I'd wager, have participated in the Department of Homeland Security or FEMA training initiatives.

    See this, for example: https://www.dhs.gov/school-safety-and-security

    Or this: http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Safe%20Schools/Pages/default.aspx

    Sure they can convene to an executive session to talk about subjects in which they're not versed? But to what end? And when do the lines get crossed or blurred?

    Let's face it; Pennsylvania's Sunshine Law is essentially meaningless as we drift away into totalitarianism.

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