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Court won't punish Wake school board for requiring tickets at meeting

Posted April 19, 2011

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— The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against any punishment for the Wake County Wake County Board of Education in a case involving access to public meetings.

A group of parents and citizens filed suit in May saying that the board  violated a state law by requiring tickets to its meeting on March 23, 2010.

Citing fire-safety concerns and complaints, the board distributed tickets to the public in advance of that meeting – which featured a controversial vote to move forward with a plan to assign children to schools closer to their homes, and move away from a decade-old policy of busing students so schools across the district are diverse.

Crowds of people both in favor of the policy change and opposed to it had crowded previous meetings at which the issue was discussed. 

Tuesday's ruling reiterated the judgment of the trial court, which noted that the ticket policy, established at the last minute by the school system, violated the state Open Meetings Law, but dismissed the case on the grounds that it was a one-time offense and not evidence of bad-faith actions to restrict meeting access.

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  • fzero Apr 20, 2011

    "wanna try and make it 3 in a row???"

    They kind of have to. Otherwise they'll be out of a job.

  • josephlawrence43 Apr 20, 2011

    So sorry there NAACP and assorted supporters..Thats two you've lost in this fight--wanna try and make it 3 in a row???

  • cubed32696 Apr 20, 2011

    Fire codes, folks. You cannot stuff 500 people in a room that only fits 150. Doesn't work that way.

    No I do not know the exact number, this is just an example.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Apr 20, 2011

    The board should comply with the law. I would have thought all the law and order righties would have agreed with that. If obeying the law means finding a larger venue for controversial meetings, then that is what they should have done.

  • injameswetrust2003 Apr 20, 2011

    "I don't think the plaintiffs wanted anything more than to keep the board from doing this in the future."-ncmedic

    I believe their goal was to have that meeting 'deleted' along with any decisions to change the diversity policy. The restriction was for public safety, that is a very small room the board meets in.

  • ncmedic201 Apr 20, 2011

    I wouldn't say the parties that filed the suit lost. Although this case was dismissed, the court did state that they violated the Open Meetings Law. Really this is a win because this will keep the board from attempting to restrict the meetings again. I don't think the plaintiffs wanted anything more than to keep the board from doing this in the future.

  • lec0257 Apr 20, 2011

    You lose again Barber, as usual. This case will not go to the State Supreme Court.

  • Eduardo1 Apr 20, 2011

    truth9806.....yes it is true. It is obvious that you do not like the ruling. If they ruled against the Board, you would be doing a YIPEE dance.
    fzero.you are correct, BUT if that step is taken, the court can determine it does not have enough merit to hear the case UNLESS, some political pressure is put on them by the BARBER beast.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 19, 2011

    If people had not been out of control, the board would not have done this in the first place.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 19, 2011

    Kinda of make you wonder what they paid the attorny for.

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