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Oklahoma education officials need refresher on open meeting rules

BY the time the state Board of Education meets again next month, the least board members and state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi can do is better familiarize themselves with Oklahoma's open meeting laws.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: February 3, 2011 at 7:08 am •  Published: February 3, 2011
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/articleid/3537563/1/pictures/1362609">Photo - State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, left, conducts the first meeting of the state Board of Education since she took office earlier this month on Jan. 27, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oka. AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)
State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, left, conducts the first meeting of the state Board of Education since she took office earlier this month on Jan. 27, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oka. AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel)

At minimum, violating the law means votes taken on improperly posted items could be rendered void.

There is no good excuse for the department and the board's failure to follow the letter and spirit of the law. We're sure the attorney general's office will be glad to help make sure they don't repeat that mistake.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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