n 1973, then California Gov. Ronald Reagan said government officials derive their “ultimate authority from the people. And we have an obligation to make sure that in carrying out our responsibilities, we do so at a price they can afford.” Forty years later some in Iowa government are shirking that responsibility.Read More →
By Graham Gillette | Special Contributor to Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES — When the Des Moines School Board began its search for a new superintendent in May, district spokesman Phil Roeder advised the board to present a united front to the public and to applicants.
Only the board president should speak to the media, and bold and [...]
By Graham Gillette | Special to Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES – Iowans have little way to monitor public officials’ compliance with transparency laws. Even if they do find possible violations, the state affords them few avenues to hold leaders accountable.
Take for example the Des Moines School Board.
It held a closed session in May citing the provision [...]