By Associated Press - Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City judge has ruled that Leadership Team meetings at public schools must be open to the public.

A Leadership Team is made up of faculty and parent representatives.

Thursday’s ruling came after a retired teacher who was barred from a Leadership Team meeting on Staten Island sued the city Education Department.

Public Advocate Letitia James and the nonprofit parents group Class Size Matters joined the suit.

The city had argued that the teams were advisory bodies only and therefore not required to be open to the general public.

But the judge said “proper functioning of public schools is a public concern.”

The city says it is reviewing the decision.

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