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Houston school board breaking the state's open meetings law? Not so fast. HISD did not violate law.
Thursday, Feb 09, 2012, 05:52PM CST
By Jennifer Peebles

Some of our readers may have seen the story we published this morning that reported that the Houston school board was about to break the state's open meetings law by voting on extending Superintendent Terry Grier's contract this afternoon.

It’s not as cut-and-dried as that.

The open government lawyer we quoted in that story, Austin attorney Joel White, this morning reviewed the wording of the agenda for this afternoon's board meeting and said the agenda “is not as clear as it should be, but reasonable people could disagree on whether it violates the letter or spirit of the” open meetings act.

The meeting agenda item says the school board would "consider" Grier's contract in closed session, and then consider closed-session topics in open session.

Texas Watchdog apologizes and regrets the error. We've taken the original story off-line to try to prevent any additional confusion.

Contact Jennifer Peebles at or 281-656-1681.

Photo of 'wrong way' by flickr user Bob.Formal
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