Teachers union contracts violate public records law

A newspaper reported today that some union contracts contain loopholes that allow teachers to dodge attempts by parents and others to get a look at their personnel files for evidence of misconduct.

According to a report by the Columbus (OH) Dispatch, union contracts throughout the state regularly imply that teachers' personnel files aren't public and will not be shared with people who aren't associated with the school district

That's a violation of Ohio's public records law.

In 1990, Ohio public record laws were refined, opening to the public the personnel files of anyone who works for a tax-supported agency, including public schools.

Officials say everyone in Ohio has the right to see teacher personnel files.


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