During the last BISD board meeting, citizens did not get a chance for public comment until the end of the meeting. It wasn't until nearly mid-night before citizens were able to speak due to the board moving public comments until after the meeting.
Frustration led to anger and a heated exchange between Beaumont City Councilman Mike Getz and Board President Woodrow Reece.
The next scheduled meeting is Thursday and while there won't be a time for public comments at the upcoming meeting, the board will talk about setting new rules regulating citizen input. If approved, citizens could be limited on their participation in the meetings.
Critics are calling the proposal the muzzle resolution and a way of squashing free speech.
12News spoke to a concerned BISD taxpayer who has attended several board meetings.
"I don't think there should be a time limit. I think every taxpayer around here should voice their opinion however they need to," said Bryan Smith.
But, Reece believes the proposal will lead to more peaceful and manageable meetings that would better allow the board to work for the kids.
Reece is also proposing a resolution that would give him sole authority to have police remove anybody he considers disruptive to the meeting.
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