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Parents in Mankato, Minn., Required to State Their Home Address Before Speaking at School Board Meetings

By Melanie Arter | October 28, 2021 | 10:53am EDT
Patti Hidalgo Menders speaks out against board actions during a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia on October 12, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
Patti Hidalgo Menders speaks out against board actions during a Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) board meeting in Ashburn, Virginia on October 12, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Parents in Mankato, Minn., are now required to state their home address aloud before speaking at school board meetings and are not allowed to address individual school board members, Fox News reports.

Mankato Area Public School Board Chairperson Jodi Sapp announced the new rules on Oct. 18.

"Before the open forum, I would like to review a couple of things," she said before the open forum. "Each speaker is asked to state his or her name and address for the record. Failure to do so will result in an individual not being allowed to speak." 

The new rules are in response to what Sapp has considered “unacceptable” behavior.

"Open forum participants are prohibited from calling out or addressing any individual school board or school district staff member," she said before allowing residents to speak. 

"Crowd noise, or any sort of grandstanding during open forum, including applause, talking, hollering or any outburst will result in open forum being closed. Further, beginning at the Nov. 1 school board meeting, open forum participation will be limited to those individuals who wish to speak to an item on the board agenda."

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