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Many Virginia officials ignore state sunshine law

State law might say some government records must be disclosed, but that's not the way many Virginia officials see things.

A statewide test by 13 newspapers to see what happens when Virginians ask about information that state law says officials must disclose shows the state's four-decade-old Freedom of Information Act is widely disregarded.

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FOIA update: Virginia teachers seek change on test data law

Virginia teachers will seek new assurances in the coming legislative session that the class-by-class student test scores used in teacher evaluations aren't released to the public.

The Virginia Education Association also will push for a change in state law to ensure teachers are given notice when anyone requests information from their personnel files, the group's attorney told the state's Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council Wednesday.

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U.S. Supreme Court takes up VA law denying non-Virginians right to FOIA requests

From Examiner.com:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that it will hear the appeal of Mark J. McBurney and Roger W. Hurlbert, both non-Virginians. McBurney and Hurlbert were denied Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for government documents because Virginia law prohibits non-Virginians from using the Freedom of Information Act law.

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A Refresher Course in the Finer Points of FOIA

From The News & Advance:

Sometimes, government needs to be reminded just who’s boss and just what rights and privileges the boss has. That is exactly what Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act, when utilized by an involved citizenry and understood by a willing government, accomplishes.

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