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Rewriting the code of ethics with the school committee

November 8, 2011

It all started three years ago: rethinking the code of ethics under which the school committee and its members operate. Especially the part about what members can say outside of the committee meetings. Obviously there’s a problem with talkative members who go off script. That’s transparent enough. In 2008 and 2009 Jonathan Lederman was singled out for making statements about he was going to vote on issues before the committee. An special ethics code was written to put the kibosh on that sort of thing. Imagine actually telling voters how you are going to vote. New member, Tom Connolly, recently the high vote-getter after a campaign in which he promised voters “accountability and transparency,” called the “Lederman” ethics code rule a “gag order.” Committee members EuRim Chun and Kathy Leonardson made statements that they were happy with the existing code.

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