State Police, Media Battle in Court Over Newtown Shooter’s Documents – Connecticut Law Tribune

Months after the Newtown tragedy, State Police released a lot of information on their investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and gunman Adam Lanza, but they didn’t release everything, and a court battle between authorities and the media Continue reading State Police, Media Battle in Court Over Newtown Shooter’s Documents – Connecticut Law Tribune

Stamford school board to get ethics training – Stamford Advocate

By Evan Simko-Bednarski STAMFORD — The Board of Education’s special meeting scheduled for Tuesday night will consist of two city-mandated trainings, one in the Freedom of Information Act and one in the city’s ethics policies. Asked about the trainings, Board PresidentJackie Continue reading Stamford school board to get ethics training – Stamford Advocate

Is State’s New Transparency Law For Charter Managers Strong Enough? – Hartford Courant

By Kathleen Megan After last year’s debacle involving the Hartford-based Jumoke Academy charter school operation, many legislators arrived at the Capitol this year on a mission to improve the control and regulation of charter schools. A new law, passed with Continue reading Is State’s New Transparency Law For Charter Managers Strong Enough? – Hartford Courant

Editorial: 60 years fighting for open government – The Day

The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information had reason to celebrate at its annual meeting this month. It is the 60th anniversary of the group’s founding by Connecticut journalists seeking to protect the public’s right to know, a right not Continue reading Editorial: 60 years fighting for open government – The Day

Whistleblower’s Lawsuit: Retirement System Rife With Politics, Pro-Union Bias – Hartford Courant

By Jon Lender When the state’s chief auditors said on June 17 that many government retirees may be receiving undeserved disability pensions costing millions, they based their report on the allegations of a “whistleblower” they didn’t name. But now the Continue reading Whistleblower’s Lawsuit: Retirement System Rife With Politics, Pro-Union Bias – Hartford Courant

Did UCONN’s “Behind Closed Doors” Budget Discussion Violate The Freedom Of Information Act? – Appealingly Brief

By Dan Klau Answer: Yes. Explanation:  Without a single word of discussion, the UCONN board of trustees recently voted to adopt a $1.3 billion budget for the upcoming year.  How is it possible to adopt a budget of that magnitude Continue reading Did UCONN’s “Behind Closed Doors” Budget Discussion Violate The Freedom Of Information Act? – Appealingly Brief

City Attorney, council members fight over transparency – CTPost.com

By Brian Lockhart BRIDGEPORT — If elected City Council members want information from Mayor Bill Finch’s administration, they can always do what John and Jane Q Public does — file a Freedom of Information request and get in line. That can Continue reading City Attorney, council members fight over transparency – CTPost.com

UConn trustees adopt $1.3 billion budget with no public discussion – The CT Mirror

By: JACQUELINE RABE THOMAS The University of Connecticut’s governing board Wednesday adopted a nearly $1.3 billion budget for next fiscal year that increases the school’s spending by $103.7 million — almost 9 percent. The UConn Board of Trustees adopted the budget Continue reading UConn trustees adopt $1.3 billion budget with no public discussion – The CT Mirror

CCFOI 60th Anniversary Luncheon Award Winners and Officers

June 17, 2015 For immediate release Contact: James H. Smith 203-915-9428 jhsmithy@comcast.net At its 60th anniversary luncheon Wednesday, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information recognized a state legislator, a state commissioner, and five journalists with annual awards for their “outstanding Continue reading CCFOI 60th Anniversary Luncheon Award Winners and Officers

At last minute, an attempt to undo charter school FOI action – CT Mirror

By: Jacqueline Rabe Thomas In the final hours of the General Assembly session last week, language that would negate adopted legislation making charter schools subject to the state’s Freedom of Information Act managed to get added to a bill implementing Continue reading At last minute, an attempt to undo charter school FOI action – CT Mirror