Although school board members and district administrators realize that board meetings are open to the public, they may not be aware that eMails they send on professional matters also may be covered by state "sunshine" laws. Complications can arise when an eMail discussion among members of the board and school district is considered a meeting that should be open to the public.

The first thing to remember is that laws on this issue are local and state-specific. Each school board should educate itself about the circumstances under which it is operating, and its members should act accordingly.

But, despite the differences among


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