Watch: CFOIC’s Sunshine Week panel on school board transparency

The Douglas County board of education isn’t the only Colorado school board recently accused of skirting the state’s sunshine laws. That’s why the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition made school board transparency the topic of its 2022 Sunshine Week panel.

If you missed the livestream on Facebook or couldn’t be there in person at the Denver Press Club on Tuesday evening, watch the video below via YouTube.

Transparency panel
From left: Robert Marshall, Kendra Carberry, Jeremy Jojola. Yesenia Robles and Kala Parkinson are on Zoom.

Jeremy Jojola, an investigative reporter for 9NEWS, led a lively and informative discussion:

Highlands Ranch resident Robert Marshall talked about the lawsuit he brought against the four majority members of the DougCo board, which last week prompted a judge to issue a preliminary injunction to force compliance with the Colorado Open Meetings Law.

Kendra Carberry, an attorney who represents numerous local governments in Colorado, answered questions about sunshine law compliance.

Yesenia Robles, a reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado, discussed transparency issues in suburban Denver school districts.

Kala Parkinson, a reporter for the Cortez Journal, detailed her reporting on the Montezuma-Cortez school board, which recently ousted its superintendent outside of a public meeting.

Watch “Schooled in Secrecy,” and learn more about your rights of access to open meetings and open records by checking out CFOIC’s online guide to Colorado’s sunshine laws. It’s comprehensive, indexed by topic and free to use.

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