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OpenMeetingLaw(OML)Complaint

Contactinformation:
PeggyWiesenberg
33SeavernsAvenue
JamaicaPlain,MA02130
6177636689
pwiesenberg2@dprvr.com

OrganizationfilingtheComplaint:QualityEducationforEveryStudent(QUEST),agrassroots
organizationofBostonPublicSchool(BPS)parents.

PublicBodySubjectoftheComplaint:City

NameofthePublicBody:BostonCompactSteeringCommitteeandsubcommittees

Personswhocommittedtheviolation:RahnDorseyChiefofEducationfortheCityofBoston,Dr.
MakeebaMcCrearyBPSChiefofStaff,KimRiceBPSAssistantSuperintendentofOperations,Dr.Karla
EstradaBPSDeputySuperintendentofStudentSupportServices,RossWilsonBPSManagingPartnerof
Innovation,S.VarnBostonCollegiateCharterSchool,EricaBrownCityonaHillPublicCharterSchools,
JonClarkNetworkofBrookeCharterSchools,DianaLamConservatoryLabCharterSchool.

DateofAllegedViolation:October14,2105violationcametolightandiscontinuing

DescriptionofAllegedViolation:
BostonsMayor,theBostonSchoolCommittee(BSC),and15CommonwealthCharterSchools(eachof
whichisalocaleducationauthority)playedasignificantroleincreating,structuringandempoweringthe
BostonCompact.TheyvotedtocreatetheoriginalDistrictCharterCompactin2011.BostonSchool
SuperintendentappointedhalfthememberstotheoriginalSteeringCommittee&designatedherDeputy
SuperintendentCoChair.April2012,theCityandChartersectorsamendedtheCompacttoincludethe
CatholicSchoolsector.MayorWalsh,uponelection,createdaChiefofEducationinhiscabinetandto
serveasCoChairoftheCompactSteeringCommittee,formalizingtherelationshipwithCityHall.Heused
his2015StateoftheCityspeechtoemphasizehisrightfulownershipoftheCompactandhisroleasthe
driverofitsadoption.

October14,2015BSC,uponlearningthattheCompactdidnotkeepminutesasisrequiredofitsown
meetingsandthoseofitsEducationAdvisoryCommitteeandTaskForces,votedtorenewtheCompact,as
didthecharterschoolsbycontemporaneousvotesoftheirboards,intendingfortheSteeringCommittee
meetingsandsubcommitteemeetingstobeheldbehindcloseddoors.YettheBSCorder(approved50
plus1abstention1absent)evidencesitscontrol:TheSuperintendentoftheBostonPublicSchools(BPS)
Districtshallappointdesignees,includingacochair,torepresentBPSontheBostonCompactSteering
Committee.TheCompactSteeringCommitteeshallcontinuetosubmitallpolicyrecommendationstothe
BostonSchoolCommittee(andcharterschoolboardsandthegoverningbodiesoftheschoolsofthe
ArchdioceseofBoston),asappropriate,forapproval.

TheCompactservesapublicpurpose,namelytheeducationofmorethan90%oftheCitysk12students,
includingthosewithdisabilities,specialneeds,andthosewithlimitedEnglishproficiency.(BostonPublic
SchoolCommitteeAnswersOct.13,2015).TheCompactisengagedindeliberationsandwillbemaking

recommendationstotheBostonSchoolCommitteeandCharterSchoolBoardsregardingacommonsystem
ofassigningschoolagedchildrentoeitheraBPSschooloracharterschoolwithintheCity(EnrollBoston),
servicesforstudentswithdisabilitiesandEnglishLanguageLearners,gradeconfiguration,atrisector
masterfacilitiesplan,crosssectorleases,colocationofdistrictandcharterschools,bulkpurchasingand
othergovernmentalfunctions.InJuly2015,theCompactidentifiedaneedforCityandchartersectorto
contributerealdollarsinadditiontoinkindtimeandresourcesforitsinfrastructure.

TheCompactadoptedbylaws(July15,2015),providingfortakingvotesbyaquorumof8Steering
Committeemembers.ThebylawsallowforattendanceviaphoneorSkypeandvotingbyproxy,eventhough
thisdoesnotconformwiththeAGOsregulationsgoverningremoteparticipation(See,Bylaws3.3and3.6).

QUESTfiledapublicrecordsrequestSeptember24,2015seekingallminutesoftheCompactandits
subcommittees.AttheOctober14,2014BSCmeeting,QUESTlearnedthattheCompactdidnotmaintain
minutes,incontraventionoftheCompactbylawsandtheOML.

TheCompactanditssubcommitteesdonotpostnoticeoftheirmeetings,incontraventionoftheOML.The
Compactcreatedawebsite(www.bostoncompact.org)andposteddates,timesandplacesof7citywide
communitymeetingsbutnotitsannualmeeting,SteeringCommitteemeetingsorsubcommitteemeetings.
OnNovember2,IaskedCompactstafftwoquestionsviaemail:(1)WhenandwherearetheCompact's
annualandquarterlymeetings?and(2)WillyoubepostingthetimeandplaceoftheCompact'smeetings
ontheCompact'swebsite?Noresponse.

ActionRequested:
1. PostadvancenoticeofandagendasforallmeetingsoftheBostonCompactSteeringCommittee
anditssubcommitteesonthetheCitywebsiteandBPSwebsites,theCompactwebsiteand
websitesoftheparticipatingpubliccharterschools
2. Prepareandpostminutesanddocumentsusedinthemeetingsontheaforementionedwebsites
andmakethesepublicrecordsreadilyavailable,uponrequest,andinelectronicformatsoasnotto
deterpublicaccess
3. RetainminutesinanorganizedmannerpertheCitysrecordretentionschedule
4. Makenotesanddocumentsusedatpriormeetingsheldbetween2011topresentreadilyavailable
Signed:PeggyWiesenberg
Dated:November12,2015