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D303 to Post Responses to Public Records Requests on Website

Move split board over concerns of potential legal trouble, but two area school districts already post FOIA responses online.

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 plans to start posting on its website its responses to Freedom of Information Act requests for public records data, the Chicago Tribune reports.


The District 303 Board of Education decided to begin doing so on Dec. 9, 2013, but the decision was divisive, according to the Tribune.


Some board members fear the move would expose the district to litigation if sensitive, protected information was inadvertently posted online, but there also were concerns about the possibility of data being misinterpreted.


Board member Ed McNally applauded the move as making the district’s operations more transparent.


The Tribune article notes that both School District 300 in Carpentersville and Elgin School District U-46 already post their responses to public records requests on their websites.


  • For more details, read the full Tribune story.


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