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New York and Colorado liberalized access to records of police misconduct complaints in 2020; now, Maryland may finally follow suit.
After decades of secrecy, Maryland might make police disciplinary records public
A renewed focus on police accountability has fueled debate over which records the public should see.
Arizona was forced to release its NCAA notice of allegations today after a judge ruled in ESPN’s favor in a public records lawsuit. The school argued that NCAA confidentiality rules kept it from releasing the document. But the judge didn’t agree and sided w/ ESPN. #FOIA https://twitter.com/pinepaula/status/1368049578889654273
Arizona hoops accused of five Level I violations, including two alleged instances of academic misconduct. NCAA charges Coach Sean Miller for not demonstrating "that he promoted an atmosphere for compliance and monitored his staff." https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/31013131
A school board in Reno is telling employees that they lose First Amendment protection if they mention being employed by the school district when they speak publicly. Here's why that's wrong. 1/4
School board argues for hours over policy change on employee speech
The policy outlining freedom of speech rights for Washoe County School District employees may soon be rewritten.
The folks at @kyopengov have their hands full as a bill is being pushed through that changes all kinds of their open records procedures, including adding a residency requirement, lengthening response times & requiring special forms. (1/4)
Opponents fear bill will 'weaken' Kentucky's open records law
Supporters of House Bill 312 say changes to the transparency law will ease the burden on local agencies, which s...
Colorado is the latest state looking at protecting government employees against onerous NDAs that prevent them from blowing the whistle on workplace harassment.
Bill would ban confidentiality agreements for Colorado state employees
A first-term senator is pushing to ban the use of nondisclosure agreements for state employees in most circumstances...
Brechner Center research finds that, when university presidents are hired in secret closed-door processes, the primary beneficiaries are politically connected insiders, not "academic superstars."
Fayetteville State faculty criticize selection of chancellor who's
Former UNC system board member worked for DeVos-aligned school choice group and backed controversial Silent Sam agreem...
The GAO says the number of federal FOIA denials is "skyrocketing." Find out why:
Agencies increasingly turning down FOIA requests | Federal News Network
Freedom of Information Act requests are on the rise. Rising faster are instances of federal agencies turning them down.
Just two days left to submit your best 2020 journalistic work for the Brechner Freedom of Information Award competition, with a $3,000 prize for the winner. The award recognizes reporting powered by FOI laws and/or exposing untoward secrecy. https://brechner.org/about/awards/
One #SunshineWeek2021 event we're really excited about is a workshop dedicated to transparency in higher ed.
@FrankLoMonte will join us from @BrechnerCenter. @KateMurphyNews @chloeeaston6 will moderate. If you care about transparency in NC's colleges, join us. cc @NCCollegeMedia https://twitter.com/NCOpenGov/status/1364609330616631301
Registrations are rolling in for Sunshine Week 2021. Come join us! You can read more about the events here: https://www.elon.edu/u/news/2021/02/24/north-carolina-sunshine-week-2021-events-announced/ and you can register for FREE here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nc-sunshine-week-2021-tickets-141141689593
If any other federal law was as dysfunctional and self-defeating as FERPA, Congress would've fixed it long ago.
So why haven't they?
As @sganim explains, it's complicated...
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