Editorial: Why we need sunshine laws

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: It’s fitting that just days before the start of Sunshine Week, a national event celebrating access to public information, a judge ordered members of Douglas County School District’s Board of Education to follow Colorado’s open meetings laws.

This injunction is the result of a lawsuit, which alleges that that school board violated state statute by holding a series of one-on-one meetings in late January to discuss replacing former Superintendent Corey Wise, according to reporting by The Denver Post.

“Circumventing the statute by a series of private one-on-one meetings at which public business is discussed and/or decisions reached is a violation of the purpose of the statute, not just its spirit,” Douglas County District Judge Jeffrey Holmes wrote in the order.

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