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Rise & Shine: Why the Detroit school board is considering changes to public comment during meetings

Good morning!

If you’ve been to a Detroit school board meeting lately, there’s one topic you can expect to come up: Someone in the audience will complain that new rules regarding public comment during the meetings are way too restrictive.

It came up last night when I went to a community meeting at Ronald Brown Academy. These community meetings are an opportunity for the public to have a conversation with Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and members of the school board. That’s in contrast to the regular board meetings, when the public can comment during a time set aside for their input, but the board doesn’t engage.

During that meeting last night, Board President Iris Taylor addressed the complaints, saying the board will take another look at the new rules.

You can read my story here to find out why people are upset about the rules that went into effect in April.

Then scroll down to read more education headlines.

And have a great weekend!

Lori Higgins, bureau chief


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