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Watch: Almost everything you need to know about Colorado’s open records and meetings laws

Amid the chaos and rumors in Jefferson County, the Chalkbeat team took a few hours last month to discuss transparency issues and public schools.

While Jeffco Public Schools is a hotbed for legitimate concerns and conspiracies theories alike, questions about open and transparent governments are raised in all corners of the state.

So, we teamed up with the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition with the hope that a panel including journalists, a lawyer, and a former school school board member could shed some light — pun intended — on the state’s “sunshine laws.”

For those who couldn’t make our lively conversation about the laws that govern public documents and meetings, you can watch it below.

If you don’t have two hours of spare time, check out these nifty guides made by the coalition on open meetings and records.

For a more in-depth guide and templates for open records requests, poke around the coalition’s resource page here.