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Want to speak at Pa. school board meeting? You better be a resident

Published: Mon, April 26, 2010 @ 1:46 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A suburban Pittsburgh school board has approved a measure that requires people to show proof of residency if they want to speak at board meetings.

The Gateway School Board approved the measure last week. Supporters say one goal is to allow residents a chance to talk and make sure people who don’t live there aren’t tying up the board’s time.

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association says it knows of no other school district in the state with a similar requirement. It is common, however, for Pennsylvania towns and school districts to limit comments at public meetings to residents and taxpayers.

Sara Rose, an attorney with the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, called the measure “unfortunate and unnecessary.” She says, however, the board isn’t breaking any laws.


1Ken(153 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Not a bad idea for all school boards to adopt! Perhaps they should also add..."must be a registered voter in the school district!"

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

How about must be a citizen of the USA or have a green card too and not an illegal immigrant!

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3Ianacek(909 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm not sure what the problem is , so long as the speaker has a legimate interest , such as having a child legally attending the school , or is representing such a person. It would have been good if the story gave us the context of the new policy .

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