Teen wins appeal in Pennsylvania school open-records request

Submitted by LDieringer on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 11:52am

From SFGate.com:

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 13-year-old girl has won an open records battle with Chambersburg Area School District, where officials questioned whether she was old enough to file a Right-to-Know Law request.
The state Office of Open Records overruled the district Monday and upheld Savannah Gibson's request for financial information involving its former after-school dance program.
 
The program was run by a man who operates a similar program in which Gibson participates at Susquenita Middle School, which is in a separate district near Harrisburg, the Public Opinion newspaper reported.
 
"It was worth all the stressful thinking and figuring out what to say," Gibson told the Chambersburg newspaper, referring to her two-month fight to obtain the records. "It was worth it in the end. I'm glad I can get the paperwork."
 
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"Age is not a barrier to filing a request," J. Chadwick Schnee, the agency's assistant chief counsel, said in his ruling.