Connecticut Supreme Court affirms teacher misconduct records are public

The Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed Monday that records of alleged misconduct by teachers at public schools and universities in the state are public records subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act.

In a unanimous decision by Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh, the state’s highest court rejected an effort by a former University of Connecticut Health Center professor to block the release of a report about allegations he was abusive to staff.

Dr. Jay R. Lieberman, former chairman of orthopedic surgery, had asked the court to stop UConn from releasing documents related to another surgeon’s grievance that Lieberman was abusive to staff. Lieberman argued that the documents should be considered as evaluations, which are exempt from release. Continue…