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Evidentiary Portions Of Teacher Interest Arbitration Hearings Must Be Open To The Public

March 29, 2011

Authors: Saranne P. Murray, Jessica L. Ritter

In a recent decision, the Freedom of Information Commission concluded that the evidentiary portion of a teacher interest arbitration hearing conducted under the Teacher Negotiations Act is a “hearing or other proceeding” and is therefore a “meeting,” within the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act.  The Commission ruled that the evidentiary portion of the hearing did not constitute collective bargaining strategy or negotiations, and thus, it should have been open to the public. To view a complete analysis of the decision and its implications, please click here.

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