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Spotlight PA article raises points regarding Sunshine Law and Board transparency

  • Post last modified:May 22, 2023

SpotlightPA had an interesting article, Penn State’s budget proposal shifted after private meeting of trustees, university leadership (Wyatt Massey – May 19, 2023) that raises questions about potential Sunshine Law violations.

The article states:

In internal communications to trustees sent before the board’s May meeting, which were obtained by Spotlight PA, the board’s chair and vice chair requested that trustees ask questions during the board’s private session so the public meeting could move more quickly.

During the full board’s May 5 public meeting, a trustee stated opinions about spending on university renovations. Board Chair Matthew Schuyler responded: “Thank you for coming to life at our public sessions and not mentioning these things at our previous three sessions discussing these matters.”

The suggestion that a trustee’s views should not be expressed during a public meeting is a “gigantic red flag,” Melewsky said.

“If there’s a practice of hashing things out privately before the public meeting, that’s a big problem,” she said. “It’s the hashing out that the public is entitled to see.”

  • Click here to see my public comments, and Board Chair Matthew Schuyler’s response noted above, at the 38:00 – 41:00 minute marks in the video.

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