Lawsuit alleges Montana’s Board of Public Education violated state open meeting laws

The state’s greatest union and a statewide nonprofit information corporation have sued Montana’s Board of Community Education, alleging it violated the state’s community participation open assembly guidelines.

The Montana Federation of Community Workforce and the Everyday Montanan are asking a Lewis and Clark County decide to void motion taken by the Board of General public Instruction in early March.

The plaintiffs allege the board did not give correct community observe before it voted against an update to the Montana instructor code of ethics made by an education advisory council that would have included “equity” as portion of the code.

In this audio clip from that March 10 meeting, chairwoman Tammy Lacey asks board lawyer Katherine Orr’s information on the action.

Lacey: “Your guidance to the board would be to not choose motion at this board conference simply because it has not been properly seen to the general public. Is that proper?”

Orr: “That’s proper.”

During that meeting, Lieutenant Governor Kristen Juras and other associates of the board disagreed with the authorized tips.

Board of General public Education and learning Government Director McCall Flynn declined MTPR’s ask for for comment Wednesday, indicating it has not however been formally served with the grievance.