The state Freedom of Information Commission will decide next month whether allegations of discrimination and racism among Norwalk school board members should be made public. Those who want to keep it all secret point to Norwalk Board of Education bylaw Section 9010: “The board of education does not exist between meetings. Board members have no authority except at a board meeting or when discharging an assignment made by the board.”
The current version of a bill regulating the disclosure of police arrest records would permit Connecticut law enforcement agencies to keep secret virtually any information they choose with regard to the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Passage of the bill in this form would engender more public mistrust in law enforcement and feed the widely-held perception, particularly in minority communities, of official government cover-ups of police misconduct.