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ERIC Number: ED521600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Open Public Meetings: A Guide for School Board Members and Superintendents
Washington State School Directors' Association (NJ1)
Representative democracy relies on the informed trust of the citizens. School board members serve their communities at a crucial place, governing large sums of money and the future of the community's children. Without the informed trust of the citizens, this enterprise will fail. Trust may be lost directly, or through inattention to detail. One of the critical places for school boards to work to retain the informed trust of their communities is in the conduct of meetings that are effectively run, meet the requirements of the law and address the reasonable expectations of the citizenry. This paper focuses on the provisions of Washington's Open Public Meeting Act (OPMA), but also addresses other legal requirements, and nonlegal issues surrounding effective and responsive public meetings. This is written exclusively from the perspective of school districts and school boards. It should be kept as a resource to help dispel inaccurate common knowledge and practice, and to increase sophisticated compliance with the law and public trust.
Washington State School Directors' Association. 221 College Street NE, Olympia, WA 98516. Tel: 360-493-9231; Fax: 360-493-9247; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State School Directors' Association
Identifiers - Location: Washington