Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rutherford Cnty Schools Open Records rules ILLEGAL?

Probably....Jaime Sarrio at the Tennessean says they are requiring a specific format. Among other problems with the policy, the law specifically allows requests to be in several different forms. Jaime says the Tennessean is challenging the policy. Thank YOU Tennessean!! Notwithstanding their editorial leanings,Tennessee newspapers have been champs at fighting against ridiculous policies like this, no doubt written by some well meaning but arrogant official who values their convenience much more than the sacred right of Tennesseans to have public business conducted in public.

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Rutherford County sent out the following guidelines for media requests for next semester and on. Basically, this limits how and when the media (A.K.A. The Public) can get information from the district and establishes a "don't call us, we'll call you" policy in case of emergency.

The Tennessean is challenging portions of this policy to ensure it is in compliance with the state's open records law, which is set up to give all citizens access to the government. We'll keep you posted on the outcome. In the meantime, here's a look at the memo.