Hartford Schools Chief Headed to Class – For a Refresher on Open Meetings Law

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As the Courant’s Vanessa de la Torre reports, Hartford Superintendent of Schools Christina M. Kishimoto and members of her cabinet will attend a training session to resolve a complaint that Kishimoto illegally barred the media from two meetings at local schools.

Kishimoto had earlier acknowledged that de la Torre was wrongly excluded from one of the gatherings – a School Governance Council meeting, which must be open to the public as a matter of law. But Kishimoto maintains it was legal to close the other meeting, which was pitched as an opportunity for parents to express their opinions on changes at the school.

The Scoop has previously explained the law covering that assertion. And the public education officer for the state Freedom of Information Commission will likely explain it further during the workshop Kishimoto will attend next Monday as part of a settlement of de la Torre’s complaint to the commission.

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