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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Auburn School Board Opts for Openness

The Tacoma News-Tribune reports that the Auburn School Board scrapped its earlier plan to invite "select" citizens to a closed-to-the-public executive session to interview candidates for school superintendent. Instead, the board will hold the interviews in public.

Why? "They didn’t want to go to court." Looks like deterrence is working, at least a little.

The TNT writes this editorial on Auburn's good decision. It says, in part:

"Give the Auburn School Board credit for reaffirming its commitment to transparency in a meaningful way: The board is throwing the selection process open to the public sooner than many school districts do. The board decided to do as the Tacoma School District recently did and invite the public to come meet the six semifinalists expected to visit next week.
In this, good sense and respect for open government prevailed."