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Freedom of information conference to examine Las Cruces School Board controversy

The New Mexico State University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will present "Secrecy or Oversight: A School Board Dilemma" as part of Freedom of Information Week from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the university's Corbett Center Auditorium.

ference will focus on the controversy surrounding the Las Cruces Public School Board. Chairman Mary Tucker and board member Jeanette Dickerson in November admitted to violating the Open Meetings Law and the New Mexico Constitution by failing to deliberate on expenditures for former Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Jesse Gonzales in public meetings.

"Citizens for Responsible Representation," a group that sprang up in response to the controversy, initiated the move to hold a recall election for Tucker and Dickerson. An election is scheduled to be held in April for Districts 4 and 5 to determine whether the two should be recalled.

The conference will feature a panel of speakers, including Tucker; Jo Galvan, public relations director for the Las Cruces Public School District; Earl Nissen, of Citizens for Responsible Representation; and Bob Johnson, of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

It is free and open to the public. Those attending will be given the opportunity to ask questions of the panel members.

For more information, contact Kristen Taulbee, president of the New Mexico State University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, at (505) 523-7105.

Erin Waldron
March 5, 2002