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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 already accepted 30 applications from parents who hope to win a seat in their school […]

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,” WCI President Steven Lazarus said Wednesday. “… Frankly, the process has been a distraction to doing the work that is […]

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STAMFORD — The head of the city’s Republican Party has withdrawn a freedom of information complaint against lawmakers on the condition that their leaders undergo training for open meetings and records.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 Information Commission train lawmakers and city employees on open records law. In exchange, Eva Maldonado, […]

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 Hartford that both individuals had broken the law by not releasing public information concerning donated […]

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 on the subject, and has consulted on democratic governance both in this country and abroad. […]

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 disclose the “record of arrest of any person” as well as “any other public record […]

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 prosecution is pending. A 2014 state Supreme Court ruling allows police to withhold all but […]

Fee for Connecticut court documents among highest in state – The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Copying public documents in Connecticut courts can be an expensive proposition at $1 a page, a fee set by state law that is double what cities and towns can charge and quadruple the rate collected by state agencies. While high-priced lawyers may not think twice about the fee, it can be […]

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Copying public documents in Connecticut courts can be an expensive proposition at $1 a page, a fee set by state law that is double what cities and towns can charge and quadruple the rate collected by state agencies. While high-priced lawyers may not think twice about the fee, it can be a bank account drainer […]