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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Did Tacoma School Board Violate Open Meetings Law?

"The Tacoma School Board might have broken the state open meetings law by eliminating a candidate for the interim superintendent position before it held a public vote. Board members met in executive session Wednesday – a day before the public meeting – to interview and discuss the qualifications of the four interim superintendent candidates to replace outgoing Superintendent Charlie Milligan. The law allows closed meetings to 'evaluate the qualifications of an applicant,' but requires taking a final action in public session."

In just the past two months that og-blog has been on the web, the Tacoma School Board has had some interesting Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act issues. See here, here, here, and here. Here is a past og-blog posting describing how there is tremendous upside for a government agency to violate the OPMA and almost no downside.