Date: August 13, 2003
Subject: Putting the "public" back into "public education"

There has been some fallout from the Minnesota Data Practices Act notice that was sent to the Academic Standards Committee members. Some individuals at a meeting yesterday were upset about the public access provision (see previous post below), and asked to be exempt. Commissioner Yecke, however, stood by the policy, "rule #4" on the one-page statement that is to be posted at every Academic Standards Committee meeting. By all accounts, the few public observers who have attended have been respectful and have tried not to disrupt the proceedings.