Avoiding quorum lets Minneapolis school board stay private for 'study sessions'
Minneapolis school board members are expected to meet in two weeks to get new information on the racial makeup of schools and district boundaries, some of the most divisive issues facing the district.
But school officials want to do this without opening the meeting to the public. E-mails obtained by the Star Tribune show that district officials have gone out of their way to ensure that informational sessions like the one coming up do not trigger the state’s open meeting laws.
Board members and administrators say the private sessions are critical opportunities to ask questions and explore issues more freely than they can at a full, public board meeting. A school spokesman said board members do not discuss the information with each other at the sessions, insisting that no decisions are made and no votes are taken.