Just because something is said often and stridently doesn’t mean it’s true. Think Swift Boat ads. I’m referring to the allegation that the Oak Park and River Forest High School board violates the Open Meetings Act. During the eight years I served on the District 200 board, we were always cognizant and respectful of the Open Meeting Act. This board diligently and carefully consults with their legal counsel or the Illinois School Board Association if they have any doubts or concerns about compliance with both the letter and spirit of the law. It is completely false to claim that most or even much of the board’s work is undertaken in closed session.
A board member can claim that a board retreat, both sponsored and conducted by the Illinois School Board Association, is a violation of the Open Meetings Act, but it is neither true nor responsible to make the allegation. Remember citizens, don’t believe everything you hear. Saying it doesn’t make it so.