If a tree falls in the forest…

If a meeting takes place, but the public wasn’t invited, did it really happen?

The panel charged by state law with creating a teacher evaluation system by July 1 has not met publicly since Feb. 6, but the Malloy administration has said subgroups of the public panel are meeting. Repeated requests by The Mirror for times and dates of those meetings have gone unanswered. It is also unclear who sits on these subgroups.

State law is clear that public advisory councils, and their subgroups, must follow the Freedom of Information Act.

It’s kind of like the longstanding unanswered question, if a tree falls in a forest, and no one’s there to see it, did it really happen?