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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial on Teacher Union Email Case

The Yakima Herald-Republic writes this editorial about the recent ruling that teacher union emails on Seattle School District computers are somehow not "public records." Says the editorial:

"Frankly, we grow weary of these constant back door attacks on the integrity of the state's open records law. A special 'Sunshine Committee' is actively reviewing some 300 exemptions to the law that have been approved by the Legislature over the years with an eye toward keeping those that are justified and recommending repeal of those that are not.

"While that's going on, the public certainly doesn't need any more exemptions added by judicial decree -- especially in what would appear to be a clear misinterpretation of the law that shields union activity conducted with public facilities and equipment."

For more background on the ruling, see this, this, this, and this.