ERIC Number: ED364989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania's Sunshine Law: A Guide for Public School Boards. [Revised.]
Gentzel, Thomas J.; And Others
This publication provides information and guidelines on the way Pennsylvania school boards should meet and conduct business under Act 84 of 1986 (the Sunshine Act) and Act 20 of 1993. The first section provides a brief history of the passage of the Sunshine Act, which mandates an open-meetings statute for public agencies. The second section offers a "nuts and bolts" review. In the third section, operating suggestions are made regarding permissible nonpublic conferences, parliamentary procedures, and public involvement. Section 4 delineates provisions of the act regarding publishing, posting, and notifying the public and media of meetings. The fifth section reviews court decisions that interpreted the statute and highlights issues to show how the act affects public agency meetings. Recent cases decided pursuant to the 1957 Right-to-Know Act are summarized in the sixth section. The final section offers a series of questions and answers on definitions, conferences, executive sessions, voting, minutes, advertising, and rights of the public and the media. Appendices contain Act 84 of 1986 (Sunshine Act), Act 212 of 1957 (Right-to-Know Act), rules regarding the public's right to inspect and copy certain records, legal notice requirements, and guidelines for news media-government relations. (LMI)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Disclosure, Elementary Secondary Education, Freedom of Information, Freedom of Speech, Information Dissemination, Legal Responsibility, News Media, Privacy, Public Schools, State Legislation
Pennsylvania School Boards Association, 774 Limekiln Road, New Cumberland, PA 17070-2398.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania School Boards Association, New Cumberland.
Identifiers: Act 84 (Pennsylvania 1986); Pennsylvania