Placentia (Calif.) School District Allows Non-Citizens to Address Board

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District has updated its bylaws to make clear that everyone has the right to publicly criticize or commend the board -- whether they are U.S. citizens or not.

The school board recently voted to change the language describing people who address the board at meetings from "citizens of the United States" to "members of the public," the Orange County Register reported.

The change came after John Briscoe, a trustee for Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, who frequently attends school board meetings around Orange County, noticed the language and demanded that it be changed.

School district officials said despite the wording, they had not restricted anyone from speaking, even non-U.S. citizens. The wording change requires a second vote to take effect.

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