Before last night’s School Committee / Teachers Union negotiations the School Committee met to decide what they should/could do about Jackie’s Breach of the Executive Session.
We know that legally they can do NOTHING but ask her to recuse herself, give her a public censure (a little slap on the wrist) or send the violation to the AG.
What they did was give the wink-wink your sorry and supported a fellow member (one who violated the confidence of a contract negotiations) because she was sorry.
They took no action and they did NOTHING !
Except make Executive Session with the Lowell School Committee a laughable process that means nothing. They can’t tell the public we can’t say anything because they did NOTHING to a member who did, she violated Executive session and her colleagues said That’s okay because you said a week later you were sorry.
They feigned outrage and disappointment at the original leak but once they found out is was one of the gang then they said Aw she made a boo boo its okay. I have to wonder if it was Ms. Laraba would they have been so forgiving?
We have been told and now shown that you can say anything, anytime you are in Executive Session and nothing will happen, there is no law and unless your fellow members are hypocrites or don’t personally like you they will do nothing.
In a symbolic gesture to play to the voters and Unions that they Really Mean it this time, they voted AGAIN as they did in 2008 to pass along any “leaks” to the Attorney General’s Office which we know is an empty threat. There is no Law that says you can’t talk about executive session.
They set precedents that ALL and I do mean ALL information that the Lowell School Committee discusses in Executive Session can now be shared by any committee member or the other side. If the person is revealed to be the leak, all they need to do is say SORRY and life goes on.
Paul you now have carte blanche Thanks to Jackie to leak anything you want and feel free to do so. In fact let me know and I’ll share it and won’t identify you. Unlike the School Committee I do keep my word.
Alison Laraba was apparently the only member to express the same concern she did when the leak first happened. According to Jenn Myers Sun story, Laraba stated:
“My concern is that we all experience frustration and personally I would have expected more and better,” she said. “If we don’t like the system we should change it. We don’t make up the rules as we go along.” Laraba reminded the committee that in 2008, it took a vote making it clear that executive session is not to be breached. At that time, the committee voted to call in the District Attorney’s Office in the case of a suspected leak.
Since that time, such authority has been transferred from the DA to the attorney general
“A trust was breached,”
Laraba reminded the committee that in 2008, it took a vote making it clear that executive session is not to be breached. At that time, the committee voted to call in the District Attorney’s Office in the case of a suspected leak.
Since that time, such authority has been transferred from the DA to the attorney general.
Laraba then asked Doherty how she thinks the committee should respond. Mayor James Milinazzo and committee members Leary and Dave Conway stepped in before Doherty could answer.
“We are going to be held out to the voters in two weeks,” said Leary. “Our colleague has been through a lot, but has acknowledged the wrongdoing and taken responsibility.”
Not quiet what they were saying at the time of the event.
Conway stated the night of the Leak: for someone to violate that trust and jeopardize the hard work put in by both sides is wrong and unfair to all concerned.
Connie Martin stated: I can’t even guess which one of my colleagues could have possibly been willing to risk the legal action that can result from breaking the laws regarding Executive Session. I can only say that when a public official is only willing to speak under the cover of anonymity…well they, and the citizens they are charged with serving, should be seriously questioning their motives.
Jim Leary was quoted in the article: He expressed frustration that a colleague would leak information when the two sides are “so close to an accord.”
Instead they allowed Jackie to say SORRY and did nothing.
I applaud Alison Laraba for standing up to this violation and to Jackie Doherty. The existing School Committee has now made the process of Executive session moot, no reason to have them and no reason to trust that they will keep the information discussed in them quiet.
Make Jackie or another member frustrated and you’ll read about it in the SUN!