In the comments concerning Mayor Tom's proposal to limit speakers at city council meetings, Friend of Unfair Park Mike MacNaughton directs our attention to a similar policy change the Dallas Independent School District's trustees will consider on Thursday. You can read the whole thing here, but looks like the board is looking to likewise limit who can say what and for how long -- including trustees if they get, ya know, unruly.
The Board shall not tolerate disruption of the meeting by members of the public. If, after at least one warning from the President, any person continues to disrupt the meeting by his or her words or actions, the Board President shall request assistance from law enforcement officials to have the person removed from the meeting.
Persons attending Board meetings shall not engage in conduct that disrupts, interrupts, or causes delays in the proceedings of a Board meeting; shall obey the orders of the Presiding Officer; and shall observe the rules of conduct at Board meetings. The Superintendent of Schools shall take such measures as may be necessary to ensure that decorum is preserved at all times during Board meetings.
The to-do-and-to-don't list also says that if you want to attend a board meeting, you'll have to go through a metal detector -- which is, more often than not, the policy already in place. But leave your posters and banners at home while you're at it.
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