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Delaware school districts examine transparency needs

April 2, 2013

Legislators in Delaware are examining efforts to enhance transparency and open government through school board meeting records access. However, according to Delaware Online, some school district officials are worried that government mandates will require additional efforts without providing the funding to support them.

School board meetings are often an area of high public interest, as they affect the quality of education for children. However, providing that information can be taxing for districts which are already struggling to fit essential aspects of education into their budgets, such as music and the fine arts. John Flaherty, an open government advocate in Delaware, suggested that school districts implement webcasting and video recording of meetings.

"[Recordings] will be an opportunity for those folks who don't have the opportunity to go to a school board meeting to find out what the board is up to," Flaherty told the news source.

School districts anywhere can invest in high-quality meeting management solutions from IQM2 which integrate the support needed for video recording and webcasting in order to achieve public access and citizen engagement. IQM2's cost-effective solutions will help school boards meet their goals without breaking budgets, even without state financial assistance.