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Sunshine center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition

We are the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. If you are a records or meetings holder or someone seeking access to records or meetings, we hope this site will be a useful resource. Check out our educational resources about open government.

Educational Outreach

Sunshine Laws & FOIA Lesson Plan

Download the Sunshine Law & FOIA Lesson Plan (Word)
Download the Sunshine Law & FOIA Presentation (PowerPoint)
Download the Sunshine Laws Video Discussion Questions (Word)

Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12

Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to increase the engagement of students in awareness of their rights as North Carolinians to obtain access to public records and attend public meetings. These activities will encourage their involvement in civic and state government as citizens of North Carolina.

Provided in this packet are supplementary materials designed to further engage students in committing to memory the details of the Sunshine Laws, specifically concerning open meetings and public records. For each section more detailed directions are provided, as well as a key of answers.

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"North Carolina Sunshine Laws" Video produced by Elon University School of Communications students