Editorial: In Jeffco, it’s the teachers’ union vs. open records

From The Denver Post:  The fact that Standley Lake High School teachers in September chose to collectively call in sick in protest of school board actions is bad enough.

But now the teachers union has been granted a preliminary injunction in district court that bars Jefferson County Public Schools from releasing the names of those absent teachers.

The Jefferson County Education Association says in a court motion that teacher absence files are personnel records and that “medical information” must be kept confidential.

But the same argument didn’t hold for teachers at Conifer High, who did the same sick-out but whose names were released by the district after a lawyer with the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition complained.

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