Lawyer questions Berkeley school board on rules

      MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - A media attorney is questioning the Berkeley County School Board's compliance with the state's Freedom of Information Act.

      The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that South Carolina Press Association attorney Jay Bender says the school board violated both the Freedom of Information Act and the 1st Amendment in a meeting Tuesday.

      The school board stopped a former member from talking about the district's borrowing of $198 million for school improvements.

      The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating allegations that school employees used time and resources on a campaign to urge voter approval of the borrowing in November's election.

      The board did not allow former board member Terry Hardesty to talk about the referendum on the borrowing.

      Bender says that violated the law and the right to free speech.