Under the legislation, and contrary to current law, all school safety plan discussions would take place in closed school committee meetings, and every document produced by school safety teams would be exempt from disclosure under the open records law. Although ways to best protect students from very rare, but terrible, tragedies like Newtown are the subject of lengthy nationwide debate, passage of this legislation would quash much of that debate in Rhode Island.
By Tim White, investigative reporter, WPRI-TV; director, New England First Amendment Coalition There’s a lot to like about Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee’s new transparency website. There’s also room for improvement. Chafee signed an executive order Thursday officially launching the new site. He said it follows through on one of his campaign promises to make [...]
By State Sen. Lou Raptakis (D-Coventry, R.I.) People have a right to know how their elected officials are voting and when that information is kept from people, it is a sure sign of a broken system. As a member of the Rhode Island legislature for 18 years, I’ve seen numerous efforts to modernize the workings [...]