Colorado Politics: A Colorado Springs-based school district is not obligated to disclose additional candidate applications and closed-door session recordings related to its 2019 search for a new superintendent, Colorado’s second-highest court has ruled.
On Thursday, a three-judge panel for the Court of Appeals interpreted the state’s open records and open meetings laws to mean Academy District 20 could decide for itself who qualified as a superintendent “finalist.” Consequently, the district was within its rights to only name one finalist and to release records of that person alone.
The treatment of sole finalists for executive positions has been a heated topic in the past few years. When the University of Colorado designated only one finalist for the presidency in 2019 after receiving dozens of applications, The Daily Camera sued for the names and applications those who had received an interview with the board of regents.
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