D.C. Transparency Watch: Open government office scores victory

A D.C. government task force of officials and citizens on education no longer plans to meet in secret for two years as it develops recommendations for the mayor on the visible and sensitive subject of improved collaboration between schools in the two sectors, charters and DCPS.

The task force website wasn’t updated as of Sunday, still reporting “meetings will be closed to the public.” But officials let it be known this week they plan to change course.

The move came in response to a legal opinion from the Office of Open Government that the task force is a public body under the D.C. Open Meetings Act and must therefore do its work in public. The D.C. Council in the original Act directed the Office to review complaints of violations and issue opinions that public bodies such as boards, commissions and task forces must follow. Continue…