April 1 — 2:44 pm, 2011

Notebook wins court case

The Notebook has won a significant legal victory requiring the District to provide the complete text of School Reform Commission resolutions once they are introduced at an open meeting.

The District had argued that a full resolution does not become a public document until it is acted on by the SRC. This meant that the public had only a brief summary on which to evaluate a proposal before it was adopted.

Common Pleas Court Judge Idee C. Fox ruled in favor of the Notebook, which was represented by Education Law Center staff attorney David Lapp.

Melissa Melewsky, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, called the ruling "a great decision for access … squarely based on the intent of the [Right-to-Know] law."

The District has not appealed. The Notebook asked the District for a full SRC resolution introduced on March 9, and the District provided it.

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