What’s the big secret about bus safety belts?
Gov. Bob Riley’s seven-member study group on school-bus safety belts doesn’t want to inform citizens about its conclusions before reporting them to the governor.
Last week the panel met in public but then closed its doors to make decisions.
State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton explained that members did not want the traveling governor to hear about the group’s recommendations “on AP in Germany somewhere.”
“I hope you would agree with that point of view,” Mr. Morton said, apparently addressing journalists. He said the attorney general and lawyers had advised the study group that it doesn’t have to follow the state’s open-meetings law.
It looks as if the group asked its lawyers the wrong question. The right question doesn’t even have to involve lawyers. The right question is: Why can’t the public know now what we’re doing and why we’re doing it?
Asking that question might have kept the meetings open. Nobody has given a good reason for keeping 375,000 school-bus riders and their parents in the dark.