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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial on Seattle Teacher Union Email Case

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin writes this editorial questioning why a court ruled that teacher union emails on Seattle School District computers are somehow not a "public record."

The editorial quotes Allied Law Group attorney Michele Earl-Hubbard. It says:

"We are not alone in our concern. 'I think the order is just wrong,' Michele Earl-Hubbard, an attorney who specializes in open-records law, told The Seattle Times. 'They're using work computers; they're discussing things on public computers, presumably on public time. I can't see why they would be exempt.' Earl-Hubbard believes, as we do, that the fact that the e-mails were written on taxpayer-funded computers made them public. Further, she said, the e-mails were saved by Seattle school officials making it apparent they were the public's business."