Appellate Division, First Department Rules School Leadership Team Meetings Must be Open to General Public

In a unanimous opinion, the Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed the decision of New York State Judge Moulton, clearly stating that School Leadership Team meetings held monthly at every public school, and within the control of the Department of Education, is subject to the Open Meeting Law, and must be open to the general public. Moreover, the minutes of such meetings must be published and available as well.

“We are delighted that the First Department confirmed in a unanimous opinion the public’s right to attend these very important School Leadership Team meetings,” said Laura D. Barbieri, of counsel to Advocates for Justice Legal Foundation, representing the Public Advocate, Letitia James, and Class Size Matters. “The Department of Education must comply with the Open Meetings Law and can no longer exclude the media or concerned citizens who have a right to know what is going on in their neighborhood public schools.”

Read the decision below:



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