Madison Schools Skirt Around Open Meetings Law

Tricky, tricky

Individually or in pairs, Madison School Board members spend hours each year in private “board briefings” with Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, discussing matters soon to come before the full board for votes that must be held in public.

Cheatham instituted the briefings after she was hired in 2013, and district administrators and some board members defend the practice.

But recent guidance from the state attorney general’s office cautions that such small, private gatherings of public officials risk running afoul of the state open meetings law, a current board member and attorney called them “on the line” legally, and a former board member stopped participating in them because he believes the public and board members should be able to hear policy discussions involving members and administrators.

11 Responses to Madison Schools Skirt Around Open Meetings Law

  1. dad29 says:

    Gee.  You mean that “St.” Mary Burke could be participating in illegal ‘walking’ Board meetings?

    Say it ain’t so!!  Why, after all, she’s a DEMOCRAT!  And a FEMALE!!

    This is sexist, Owen.  You should be ashamed.

  2. jjf says:

    Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.

    Government transparency should be an issue that people can support no matter where they on the political spectrum, with an awareness that the problem cases pop up with officials no matter whether they’re elected or not, partisan or not.

    If you want to give useful commentary, express your thoughts about why this practice is illegal or not, citing cases or AG opinions, or offer some insight into why it’s “on the line” or not.

  3. dad29 says:

    The correct term is ‘walking quorum,’ which is flat-out illegal.  What madistan is doing, LeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeRoy, is edging up close and personal to that.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann says:


    Why are you using my name in a tri-fecta invocation?

    This is about liberals breaking and disrespecting the law.

  5. jjf says:

    Sorry, Kevin, I read Dad29’s comments and assumed it was you.  Do you two listen to the same talk-radio?

  6. dad29 says:

    Not as much as you might think, Jiffy.

  7. Kevin Scheunemann says:


    I’m more concerned about the drooling, intellectually bankrupt liberal sources you pay attention to.

    There is little cure in continued, purposeful, exposure.

  8. jjf says:

    As I’ve offered before, Kevin, I bet a doughnut I’ve read more conservative and free-market books than you have.

  9. Le Roi du Nord says:

    ” drooling, intellectually bankrupt liberal sources you pay attention to”.

    Once again you can’t just disagree with someone, you have to resort to juvenile name-calling.  And you want to be taken seriously?

  10. jjf says:

    And then there’s Mr. Serious Things who thinks nicknames are funny enhancements to logic.

  11. Le Roi du Nord says:

    Yup, he is a stable genius for sure.

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