March 29, 2010

Education task force opens up

A win for transparency:

Leaders of Gov. Jim Gibbons' Education Reform Blue Ribbon Task Force decided Thursday to hold all of their meetings in public.

Task force co-chair Dan Klaich said he and co-chair Elaine Wynn decided all meetings will be in public and conducted in places where the media and citizens can easily attend.

Even though the task force belatedly came to the correct decision, it shouldn't have taken this long. The task force should have avoided this controversy by holding open meetings to begin with.

In all matters relating to government, transparency should be the default position. Attorneys in the Governor's office should have used their time to help the task force accommodate open meeting laws instead of finding legal loopholes around them.