Tennessee judge denies stay in Sumner schools open records case

The Sumner County Board of Education must accept records requests via email and telephone by next week, according to a Tennessee Court of Appeals ruling Wednesday.

The school system requested a stay by the appeals court last month, which would have delayed the implementation of a new public records policy by March 1.

However, the court found “no grounds to reverse the trial court’s decision” regarding the request.

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Tennessee school district’s legal bills in records fight climb to $113,000

Sumner County Schools' most recent legal bills show the district has spent more than $113,000 defending an open records case now headed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Sumner school board members voted unanimously on Dec. 1, 2015 to appeal Judge Dee David Gay’s ruling that the district violated the Tennessee Public Records Act when it refused a Joelton man’s records request.

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Tennessee school district to appeal judge’s ruling

Sumner County Schools will go back to court to fight a judge's ruling that would force the board of education to accept records requests from the public by email and telephone.

School board members voted unanimously on Dec. 1 to appeal the case in which Ken Jakes of Joelton sued after a school official denied his request to view a document because he didn't ask for it in person or in a letter delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

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