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Westerly School Committee Drops Plan To Restrict Policy Talk

Westerly's School Committee has dropped a proposed ethics policy that would have required members to support committee decisions in public and discouraged them from using social media to discuss committee business.

The Westerly Sun reports that the vote was 4-3.

Committee member Marianne Nardone, who was in the majority, said she was "sort of embarrassed" by the issue.

Members said the dysfunction of the School Committee and "not working as productively" as possible led to the policy at a retreat on Jan. 24s.

One resident, Kevin Plunkett, called the policy a "bully in the room."

Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU of Rhode Island, said the policy potentially raised "serious First Amendment concerns" and asked the committee to reject or revise the proposal.

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