Records show Des Moines school board president misled public

By   /  August 9, 2013  /  Featured, Iowa, News  /  2 Comments

Documents show conflicting accounts of what happened with Sebring resignation.

By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES – The former leader of the Des Moines School Board misled the public multiple times about former Superintendent Nancy Sebring’s departure and the circumstances surrounding it, according to court documents and district emails obtained by Iowa Watchdog.
These include board member Teree Caldwell-Johnson’s account of Sebring’s resignation and the [...]

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Des Moines district emails give credence to Sebring allegations

By   /  July 25, 2013  /  Iowa, Nebraska WatchBlog, News  /  1 Comment

Des Moines school district and board members still under fire more than a year after former Superintendent Nancy Sebring's departure.

By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog
Des Moines Register editors knew of possible violations of computer policies within the Des Moines School District weeks before the release of racy emails between former Superintendent Nancy Sebring and her alleged lover were made public, according to district emails obtained by Iowa Watchdog.
It’s unclear, however, how they knew of [...]

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Former Des Moines superintendent Sebring suing district

By   /  June 27, 2013  /  Iowa, WatchBlog  /  3 Comments

Former Des Moines Superintendent Nancy Sebring is suing her former employer for allegedly purposefully harming her image.

Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES – Former Des Moines Superintendent Nancy Sebring is filing a lawsuit against her former employer alleging district officials tipped off the Des Moines Register to the sexually explicit emails that led to her resignation.
The lawsuit alleges district spokesman Phil Roeder and former board president Teree Caldwell-Johnson informed the newspaper [...]

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Iowa agencies left to police themselves

By   /  January 30, 2013  /  Commentary, Iowa Commentary  /  No Comments

Des Moines school board members questioned for closed session.

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 [...]

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IA: Former Des Moines school board member sues district

By   /  September 24, 2012  /  Accountability, Education, Ethics, General Interest, Iowa, Issues, Judiciary, News, Power Abuse, Uncategorized  /  1 Comment

Former Des Moines School Board Member Graham Gillette

By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES — A former Des Moines school board member is seeking court action to determine whether the current board violated Iowa’s Open Meetings laws in discussing how to handle the political fallout of former Superintendent Nancy Sebring’s resignation.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit Monday in [...]

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