About a week or so ago, a school board in the state held a closed meeting to talk with high school principals who wanted to air their complaints about a member of that board. Apparently the board member had been belligerent toward the principals in public and had at one point threatened their jobs. The principals wanted the board to deal with its own and requested time on the board's agenda to discuss this. The principals arrived with representatives from the Missouri State Teachers' Association, whom should know better than to let this discussion take place in closed session.
The board consulted with its attorneys (through Missouri School Boards Association, no doubt) and were told (again, I'm not surprised) that this could be closed because it involved a "cause of action." Yep, it's that potential litigation issue again. Did anyone threaten litigation here? I doubt any of the principals said to the board that they would sue if this wasn't addressed. But because the board didn't want to air its dirty laundry in public, it chose to use this giant loophole in the law and stuff this turkey through it. Just because it doesn't want squawkers in public doesn't mean this constitutes a threat of litigation. Really, now. Who does the board think it's fooling? Oh, I guess it must think we, the public, are the fools in this situation. April 1st is just around the corner, but that's no excuse for this kind of behavior.
Just one more example why we need the changes in House Bill 2210. The General Laws Committee passed it out of committee yesterday. This needs to get to the House floor and get some wings of its own. This bill contains some simple, minor changes in the law, of which this is one. Time for this legislative session is running out. If you care about this bill, call your legislator and ask them to help it get moving.