Attorney general: Panel must comply with Open Meetings Act

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Kentucky Department of Education

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky attorney general’s office has found that the state Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Law by not notifying the public of a committee meeting to choose a firm to help with the search for a new commissioner.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1Nimre7 ) reports that after Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced his retirement this year, the state board voted April 1 to name a committee to choose a search firm to find Holliday’s successor.

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Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions Executive Director Jim Waters challenged the committee’s lack of publicly advertised and held meetings.

The board’s counsel said the committee was convened for a single task and not viewed as formal.

The attorney general’s office disagreed and said the committee was required to comply with the Open Meetings Act.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

 

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