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Editorial: Data on teacher performance in Virginia should be available to the public

November 25, 2015 10:54 AM

Brian Davison, a parent in Loudoun County, may be a bit of a gadfly. But he's on point with his insistence that parents have more information about the performance of their public schools. Read more »

Wyoming Commissioner files Freedom of Information request on commission

November 25, 2015 10:43 AM

At the regular Natrona County Commission meeting last week, Commissioner Steve Schlager accused the commission’s chairman and vice chairman of withholding information and making decisions outside of regular sessions. Read more »

Editorial: The FAA’s Drone Registry Shouldn’t Be Exempt From FOIA Requests

November 25, 2015 10:37 AM

When its proposed national drone registry comes online, the Federal Aviation Administration will be poised to collect the names and street addresses of recreational drone users across the country. Who will be able to access that data after it is collected? If the FAA’s drone task force has its way, the answer will be not journalists.  Continue...


New Jersey: Does An OPRA Request Constitute Harassment?

November 25, 2015 10:22 AM

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Editorial: Colorado voted ballots still too hard to access

November 24, 2015 2:52 PM

Coloradans achieved the important right to review voted ballots as open records through a costly legal battle culminating in a state court of appeals victory in 2011.

And the legislature affirmed this critical citizen right to see voted ballots in a bill it passed the following year.  Continue...


Arkansas Law Prof Sues Law School Over Admissions Data

November 24, 2015 2:42 PM

What would cause a law professor to sue the school he’s working for? Okay, eliminate the obvious employment law-related causes of action, and what are you left with? And is this a case of biting the hand that feeds you? Read more »

IRS Charged $239,400 for Fighting FOIA

November 24, 2015 2:34 PM

 SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Internal Revenue Service must pay $239,400 in attorneys' fees after losing a lawsuit over access to digital records, a federal judge ruled Friday.

     Public.Resource.org, a nonprofit that makes government records accessible to the public, sued the IRS in June 2013 for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request.  Continue... Read more »

Missouri Auditor finds Sunshine Law violations in closed meetings

November 24, 2015 10:30 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The most common Sunshine Law violations in Missouri include closed-session discussions on issues that should be open to the public, according to a report released Monday by state Auditor Nicole Galloway. Read more »

Washington: Group pushing for public records, more police accountability

November 23, 2015 2:22 PM

When the Center for Open Policing recently reached a settlement with the city of Seattle that garnered it more than $30,000 and access to GPS data on the location of police vehicles, it was the latest in a string of legal victories for the shoestring organization. Read more »

North Dakota Grand Forks Herald: University presidents need 360 reviews

November 23, 2015 2:16 PM

The North Dakota higher education board has a clear interest in getting the fullest possible evaluations of the system's presidents.

That means the people of North Dakota have an interest in getting those evaluations, too, given that the board members are the people's duly appointed representatives.  Continue...


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