San Diego Unified school board member Shelia Jackson will ask Tuesday to amend a policy that limits the board from publicly criticizing the superintendent and his staff.

Jackson said today that she had no specific edits to propose, but wanted to offer groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the local League of Women Voters a chance to weigh in on the policy and how to change it. The rule has been criticized by school board candidates and the ACLU as a violation of the First Amendment.

Superintendent Terry Grier has already said he would not oppose amending the policy, which is part of a larger set of governance policies that outline how the board, superintendent and staff operate, and how goals are set and met in the school district.

Jackson has asked for a first reading of any proposed changes Tuesday and doesn’t expect the changes to be voted on the same day.


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