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Danbury Board of Ed restricts free speech?

cross post from HatCityBLOG

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In advance of tonight’s Board of Education meeting in Danbury I decided to take a look at the agenda and noticed this small blurb.

The Board welcomes Public Participation and asks that speakers please limit their comments to 3 minutes. Speakers may offer objective comments of school operations and programs that concern them. The Board will not permit any expression of personal complaints or defamatory comments about the Board of Education personnel and students, nor against any person connected with the Danbury Public School System.

This can’t be for real. The Board of Ed will NOT allow any form of criticism regarding the Board of Ed a member(s) of the Board of Ed and/or a member(s) of the school system? ?

Based on this bizzare wording, I guess any expressions of praise about board personnel, personnel and students, nor against any person connected with the Danbury Public School System WILL be allowed.

In light of recent questionable decisions by the school board, this restriction on free speech doesn’t seem right…or legal.

UPDATE: Post has been updated to more accurately reflect my position that the BOE is restricting members of the public from criticizing members of the Board of Ed or anyone connected with the Danbury School system.