In a democracy, government operates best when business is done openly. This keeps the public informed, allows for ongoing scrutiny and engenders the strongest support.
But when the public’s ability to keep an eye on government is limited, the oversight function is foreshortened.
A bill making its way through the Indiana General Assembly is a laundry list of items related to education. Some are procedural or definitional by nature. For example, the definition of “textbook” would be changed to “curricular materials” to reflect the fact many Hoosier school districts now use online resources that aren’t in the form of a traditional textbook.
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