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Judges rule public records are, well, public
WorldNetDaily ^ | April 02, 2011 | Bob Unruh

Posted on 04/04/2011 9:58:29 AM PDT by inkling

An Arizona school has been rebuffed in its efforts to obtain a court ruling that it doesn't have to provide access to public records to district residents and has been ordered to pay attorneys' fees to those it sued.

The case came out of arguments in the Congress Elementary School District in Arizona, where officials objected to the number of public records requests – several dozen – submitted by various parents and community members.

The district sued the parents to obtain a court ruling that officials would not have to provide access to records but was turned backed by the Arizona Court of Appeals. The court not only said the request really didn't make much sense but that the school must pay attorneys' fees and costs to the defendants.

The Goldwater Institute, which represented the parents, said the appellate decision matched the conclusion reached earlier by a district court.

"Hopefully, district officials will stop trying to silence these women and instead will start following the law," said Clint Bolick, the litigation director for the organization.

(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...


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KEYWORDS: education; grizzlymamas; schoolchoice; transparency
I love that these "Grizzly Mamas" took on school district bureaucrats and won.
1 posted on 04/04/2011 9:58:37 AM PDT by inkling
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To: inkling

A proper ruling would have included contempt for the obstructionist delay, including at least two weeks jail for the district execs.


2 posted on 04/04/2011 10:03:30 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: inkling

It didn’t bother them when the libs drowned Sarah Palin in FOIAs while she was governor.


3 posted on 04/04/2011 10:11:49 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: inkling

I remember when this first came up. The school district was threatening to arrest parents who had made document requests. The district was filing orders of harassment against them. Parents had to fear arrest just picking their kids up from school.

Congress is an itty-bitty town on the path between Wickenburg and the back-side of Prescott. I think the district thought they could get away with this kind of stuff. I hope the penalty for their actions is strong enough that it discourages them from continuing.


4 posted on 04/04/2011 10:14:17 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl (PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION!!! YEEEEEHAW!)
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To: inkling

“Now we have to hire a person just to take care of this woman and her requesting something, requesting it a second time, requesting it a third time, turning in complaints,” she said.

They wouldn’t have second and third requests had they turned over the material in the first place. How specious an argument.


5 posted on 04/04/2011 10:15:39 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: inkling

All except Obamas.


6 posted on 04/04/2011 10:18:37 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: Navy Patriot

That’s just it isn’t it? These admins don’t care, its not their money, they will continue to obstruct whenever possible.

Our school district regularly sues itself. Yes, itself. Why? Well, they want to find out if what they are doing is legal, so they sue themselves, and oh, by the way, employ a few choice law firms in the process, on both sides of the lawsuit.

The cases go on and on, and we the taxpayers pay for them.

There is no accountability.


7 posted on 04/04/2011 10:20:19 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: inkling

Remember, those school board members could just be your next door neighbor who is not the nice person as you had believed. This kind of betrayal by neighbors goes on up through the federal level including the courts. Many snakes in the garden of the USA.


8 posted on 04/04/2011 10:25:37 AM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: inkling

Remember, those school board members could just be your next door neighbor who is not the nice person as you had believed. This kind of betrayal by neighbors goes on up through the federal level including the courts. Many snakes in the garden of the USA.


9 posted on 04/04/2011 10:25:58 AM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: butterdezillion

Ping!

Thought you might smile at this public record ruling.


10 posted on 04/04/2011 10:40:52 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: inkling

What an insane case. What are these morons trying to hide?


11 posted on 04/04/2011 11:14:54 AM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: inkling

I am far more concerned about the National Association of Union Thugs and Violent Criminals over-turning laws passed by state governments.


12 posted on 04/04/2011 11:30:07 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: wiggen
“Now we have to hire a person just to take care of this woman and her requesting something, requesting it a second time, requesting it a third time, turning in complaints,” she said.

FOIA request recipients have the right to charge a reasonable amount to cover the cost of actually fulfilling the request. So if an additional person needs to be hired full time just to comply with the volume of the requests, then that person's time comes out of the fees, not the school budget.

13 posted on 04/04/2011 11:42:26 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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A lot more detail here -

http://www.goldwaterinstitute.org/article/4506

And violating the AZ Open Meeting Law...

The district was not properly posting governing board agendas or making minutes available to the public, as required by the state’s open meetings law, Warren said. That assertion was supported by an investigation conducted by the state Attorney General’s Office in 2002 that was triggered in part by complaints Warren filed.

I guess they did not want their incompetence on display...

14 posted on 04/04/2011 12:05:00 PM PDT by az_gila
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