National Freedom of Information Coalition
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AR: Secrecy on school records extreme

We cringe before every legislative session begins because we know a handful of legislators will propose new laws exempting access to public information.

Such will be the case in January when lawmakers convene for the 91st General Assembly.

Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, filed Senate Bill 12 that, if passed, would exempt public schools — ranging from prekindergarten to state-funded universities — from releasing emergency and security records under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Arkansas once had one of the nation’s strongest public records laws, but that’s changing with each legislative session, and it’s affecting your right to know.

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