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.

Sumner County Judge Dee David Gay ruled in November that the school system violated the Tennessee Public Records Act by denying a records request in March 2014. The requester made the request over email and by telephone. The Sumner County Board of Education voted unanimously Dec. 1 to appeal the ruling. Continue…