Alan Reed Charter Commission 8-1-19 Idaho EdNews

Public Charter School Commission Chairman Alan Reed addresses the audience at the commission’s special meeting Thursday.

Thursday’s formal vote was quick and unanimous, writes Idaho EdNews reporter Kevin Richert: The state Public Charter School Commission admitted it violated Idaho’s open meeting law during a contentious closed-door meeting in April. But the vote came after a tense one-hour public comment period, when several charter school advocates scolded the commission for breaking the law and violating their trust.

“Any trust I had in being treated fairly was already shaky,” said Kelly Edginton, head of school at Idaho Virtual Academy. “(Now) that trust is zero.”

The commission’s Thursday morning meeting came one week after Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office said the commission likely violated the open meetings law during a wide-ranging two-hour executive session on April 11. It also came weeks into a simmering controversy that started in June, when the commission inadvertently released a recording of the meeting.

Some charter advocates have blasted the commission for maligning student performance at several schools, and discussing the prospects of closing schools or the politics of denying a renewal of a school charter. You can read Richert's full story here at idahoednews.org.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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