This morning, the Idaho Freedom Foundation filed a complaint with the Bannock County prosecutor alleging that the Pocatello/Chubbuck School Board met illegally to discuss budget cuts. While the cuts in question -- reducing administrator pay -- may be appropriate, the law requires certain discussions to take place in public so that taxpayers can understand and weigh what's going on.
Here's where you come in: We need EVERYONE watching to make sure school boards comply with the state's Open Meeting and Public Records Laws. Budget discussions need to take place in broad daylight. There are some, limited reasons for closed meetings, but most discussions can and should take place in public. We're happy to be a resource to you to explain the law, help you object when your local school board votes to close a meeting and help to file your own complaint in the event of a conflict.
This spring and summer, school boards are making important decisions about the expenditure of taxpayer dolllars. We need to make sure discussions about taxpayer expenditures happen in the light of day. Our letter to the Bannock prosecutor is found on this page.
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