Did South Dakota officials skirt Open meeting laws?

From Rapid City Journal: When Rapid City school officials heard of the dust-up over the Pledge of Allegiance in Sioux Falls, they decided to get out in front of the issue. They had an informal chat among board members, and without any public input or discussion, approved a change in practice by adding the pledge to the beginning of every student's school day.

But the change did not sit well with some freedom of information advocates.

Kenneth Bunting, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and director of the FOI Center at the Missouri School of Journalism, said no matter what name that is attached to the change, doing it behind closed doors is not in the best interest of the public.

“Whether it’s a new policy or a decree or an edict, the way it was handled sounds like it was done in a manner of avoidance,” Bunting said Friday. “When a public official says a change was done behind closed doors to avoid controversy, clearly there are shenanigans.”

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