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WV Board of Education criticized for limiting public comments
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Board of Education members received pushback Wednesday over their meeting agendas’ newly stated ban on members of the public speaking to the board at meetings about items not listed on the agendas, and the board’s president says he wants to stop the ban.

Board members also passed new operating procedures Wednesday that remove specific limitations on and requirements for receiving $100 “per diem” payments for meetings and reimbursement for expenses related to their duties as board members.

All board members were present Wednesday, though Scott Rotruck teleconferenced in and it was unclear if he was available for every vote.

Like county school boards, the state school board has a “delegations” portion, during which people in the audience who sign up to speak can do so.

The new ban on speaking about items not listed on agendas first appeared on last month’s agenda. It was also on this week’s agenda.

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