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Local Motion: Schooled in Secrecy

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This week is Sunshine Week, the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and the right to know. On Tuesday, March 15 at the Denver Press Club, the nonprofit Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition held a panel called Schooled in Secrecy, exploring the recent trend among some school boards in Colorado to disregard or evade Colorado Open Meetings Law by discussing public business, including the replacement of district superintendents, outside of public view. The host of the event was Jeremy Jojola from 9News. Panelists in person were attorney Kendra Carberry who represents local government in matters of sunshine law, and attorney Robert Marshall, plaintiff of a lawsuit alleging Douglas County violated open meetings law, deciding privately to fire their superintendent. Panelists via Zoom were Yesenia Robles, who covers Front Range school districts for Chalkbeat Colorado and Kala Parkinson, a reporter for the Cortez Journal. Find the CFOIC here.

Gavin Dahl is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. He worked for KVNF from July 2020 to July 2022. He won awards and recognition for his KVNF reporting from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has been published by The Montrose Press, The Sopris Sun, Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Radio Survivor, Boise Weekly, and The Austin American-Statesman. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA in media production and community organizing.
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