A Columbus nonprofit is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to order Cincinnati and Springfield public schools to provide student directory information it sought under Ohio's public records laws.
A Columbus nonprofit is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to order Cincinnati and Springfield public schools to provide student directory information it sought under Ohio’s public records laws.
School Choice Ohio claims that the school districts “manipulated policies and procedures” to deny its record requests by claiming the information was protected from release by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
In its filing this week, the group said it seeks the names of parents and students, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers and students’ grade levels and school buildings to provide information about school-choice scholarships pupils can use to attend private schools.
Most districts provide the information as a matter of public record, School Choice Ohio says. FERPA permits the release of student directory information, its filing states. The school districts disagree.
Ohio’s Sunshine Laws Manual says school districts are allowed to determine what student directory information will – and will not – be released.
The complaint also seeks to recover School Choice Ohio's attorney fees from the school districts.