ERIC Number: ED440436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
E-Mail and Access to Public Meetings and Records: Traps for the Unsuspecting School Board Member.
Chidester, Margaret A.; Asplund, Heather
Inquiry & Analysis, Mar 2000
School board members generally understand the ramifications of the open meeting and public records of their states; however, they may not know whether their use of e-mail is subject to these laws. Legally, e-mail has as much potential exposure to liability as any other communication subject to the state open-meeting law, or as any unprivileged communication ultimately classified as a public record. Accordingly, the legal issue of whether such correspondence must be made available to the public has been raised. School leaders must, therefore, consider the legal implications of using e-mail to conduct public business. The laws of a number of representative jurisdictions regarding this are given. Additionally, case notes are supplied for lawsuits regarding disabilities, religion, students rights, as well as reviews of Supreme Court decisions, and other matters before the Court. (DFR)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Court Litigation, Disability Discrimination, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Regulation, Hearings, Legal Responsibility, Public Policy, Public Schools, State Church Separation, Student Rights
NSBA, Council of School Attorneys, 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($80 per year). Tel: 703-838-6722.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Council of School Attorneys.
Note: Published bimonthly.