Open meeting complaint against Okla. ed. board

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ENID, Okla. (AP) - A current and a retired educator have filed a complaint with Enid police, asking the department to investigate the Oklahoma State Board of Education for an alleged violation of the state’s Open Meeting Act.

The complaint filed Wednesday by Westmoore High School teacher Elise Robillard and Mary Francis says the board failed to give the required 10 days advance notice that it had changed the location of its February meeting from Oklahoma City to Enid.

“The statute’s on the books for a good reason,” Robillard told the Enid News & Eagle (http://bit.ly/1j8T7c9 , “and we feel as though that statute needs to be enforced. If this weren’t a case for enforcing it, we can’t imagine what case would be.”

State Department of Education spokesman Phil Bacharach declined to comment, but has said the change of venue was announced other ways.

“Certainly, the department sent out news advisories, email advisories, weeks before hand to education stakeholders, to media. It was certainly always their intention to provide adequate notice,” he said.

That, Robillard said, is not good enough because she said many of those who regularly attend state board meetings rely on the Secretary of State’s Office for official notification and agendas, and that the office was given one-day notice.

Police said they will forward their findings to the district attorney. Persons convicted of violating the state Open Meeting Act can be fined up to $500, sentenced to one year in jail, or both.

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Information from: Enid News & Eagle, http://www.enidnews.com

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