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ERIC Number: EJ1008191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr-17
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
In Digital Age, Sunshine Laws Turn Hazy
Fleming, Nora
Education Week, v32 n28 p1, 18 Apr 2013
School board members are struggling to interpret laws that govern where and how they do business now that as many conversations take place digitally as they do face to face. As online and digital interactions increase, so too does public concern that officials have more opportunities to violate state open-meetings and open-records laws meant to prevent them from communicating secretly. In general, states' open-meetings or "sunshine" laws specify what government meetings must be held in public, and open-records laws determine what documents need to be publicly accessible. But state regulations differ on the types of communication allowed between officials, whom the laws apply to, and how much information the public should have access to. While most states consider a "meeting" to be communication among a quorum of officials, in Florida, school board members cannot use any form of back-and-forth electronic communication between just two or more officials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Delaware; Florida; Maryland; Missouri; New Mexico