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Washoe School Board Violated Meeting Law By Cutting Off Speaker

The office of Nevada's attorney general says the Washoe County School Board violated the state's open meeting law during a meeting in October when it cut off a woman who was criticizing the school superintendent.

Senior Deputy Attorney General George Taylor said in a formal opinion Friday that Karen Dunaway should have been allowed to continue her criticism of former Superintendent Pedro Martinez for his firing of School Police Chief Mike Mieras.

Dunaway, who recently had retired as a school police dispatcher, was cut off when she began to explain that Martinez had provided misleading information about the reasons Mieras was fired.

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The opinion says preventing Dunaway from speaking out on a matter of public interest violated her First Amendment rights as well as the open meeting law.
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