Wary of violating their states' open-meetings laws, some public school officials are looking to limit the volume and content of the eMail messages they send each other--even as other school employees are increasingly turning to eMail to enhance communication.

Victor Begg, a trustee with the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., school district, asked his fellow trustees at a recent board meeting to consider a policy that discourages board members from discussing public matters via eMail.

"If it involves a discussion that requires consensus, it becomes a matter of violating the [state] Open Meetings Act," Begg told The Detroit News for a Jan. 3 story.



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