Q&A: School emails

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From the South Bend Tribune:

Q: I am interested in getting a copy of one or more emails between a school board president and the school superintendent. The president supposedly wrote that older teachers should “be gently escorted out.” (Teachers union president is claiming age discrimination, etc.)

I know there is the issue of reasonable specificity as it relates to emails. If I request all emails between all board members and the superintendent for the past three months, do you think that’s specific enough? 

A: I think that’s specific enough. If you know it was the school board president, just ask for the emails between those two for the time period in question.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.

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