Huffman meets privately with Hamilton school board

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials with the state Education Department and the Hamilton County School Board are pointing blame at each other for declaring a meeting closed to the public.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that public notice of Thursday's meeting between the board and state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman was issued to the media last week. But when reporters tried to gain access to the meeting, they were denied.

Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier said local officials had decided to close the meeting because the panel was discussing a competitive grant.

But Mike Evatt, the school board chairman, said that the meeting was closed at Huffman's request. Evatt said he saw no need for the panel to meet in executive session.


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