The charter debate: More schools, transparency and oversight? – The CT Mirror

The billboard in Bridgeport promises students the chance to win a seat in a new charter school opening in August. “Enroll now! Accepting applications for grades 6-12,” reads the advertisement facing the highway. In Stamford, another charter school organization has Continue reading The charter debate: More schools, transparency and oversight? – The CT Mirror

Another blow to transparency in Washington: White House offices shelves FOIA regulations – RTDNA

By Mike Cavender, RTDNA Executive Director Despite promises to be “the most transparent administration in history,” the Obama White House continues to show it isn’t. It is formally shelving a federal regulation that requires the Office of Administration be subject Continue reading Another blow to transparency in Washington: White House offices shelves FOIA regulations – RTDNA

FOI hearing officer: Wallingford Center Inc. is a public agency; organization won’t appeal – MyRecordJournal.com

WALLINGFORD — Wallingford Center Inc. will not appeal a proposed decision by the state Freedom of Information Commission thats finds the organization is a public agency and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. “We will comply with the decision,” Continue reading FOI hearing officer: Wallingford Center Inc. is a public agency; organization won’t appeal – MyRecordJournal.com

Bring Sunshine Back to Connecticut Law Enforcement – New England First Amendment Coalition

By James H. Smith The sun isn’t shining brightly on law enforcement action in Connecticut. The sun did shine one day last month on the State Legislature with testimony on a bill that would open up criminal investigations more to Continue reading Bring Sunshine Back to Connecticut Law Enforcement – New England First Amendment Coalition

Stamford GOP leader withdraws FOI complaint – Stamford Advocate

STAMFORD — The head of the city’s Republican Party has withdrawn a freedom of information complaint against lawmakers on the condition that their leaders undergo training for open meetings and records. The city opted to have officials from the Freedom of Continue reading Stamford GOP leader withdraws FOI complaint – Stamford Advocate

Letter: Chief, commission violated FOI law – Monroe Courier

To the Editor: Recently Monroe Chief of Police Salvatore and Chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners Villani were found guilty of violating the CT Freedom of Information Act. It was unanimously decided by a nine member judicial board in Continue reading Letter: Chief, commission violated FOI law – Monroe Courier

Editorial: Sunshine needed – MyRecordJournal.com

Mitchell W. Pearlman, of Glastonbury, probably knows as much about open government as anyone. He has served as director of both the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission and the Office of State Ethics. He has taught, lectured and written extensively Continue reading Editorial: Sunshine needed – MyRecordJournal.com

Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Access to Arrest Records – CTNewsJunkie.com

Less than a year after the state Supreme Court ruled that police could withhold arrest information while criminal prosecutions are ongoing, lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would essentially undo that decision. The bill before the legislature, H.B. 6750, would require police to Continue reading Lawmakers Seek Compromise on Access to Arrest Records – CTNewsJunkie.com

Editorial: Police Should Not Be Deciding What Public Can Know – Hartford Courant

Editorial: It’s in the public’s welfare to have information on crimes in communities. A state with the nickname of Corrupticut should think hard about the wisdom of leaving entirely up to police whether to release important arrest records while a Continue reading Editorial: Police Should Not Be Deciding What Public Can Know – Hartford Courant

Column: FOI complaint pits Wallingford non profit against town councilor – MyRecordJournal.com

Glenn Richter’s March 8 R-J “Perspective” column begins by using his Duck Test: “If it looks, walks and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.” But apparently, his real duck test has to be: ducks are birds; some Continue reading Column: FOI complaint pits Wallingford non profit against town councilor – MyRecordJournal.com