Published Online: October 5, 2010
Published in Print: October 6, 2010, as Pa. Court Rejects Challenge to Teacher-Address Release

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Pa. Court Rejects Challenge to Teacher-Address Release

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A Pennsylvania appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit filed by the state's largest teachers' union, which sought to prevent the public release of public school employees' home addresses.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association sued to keep the state Office of Open Records from ordering the release of the addresses under the state's Right-to-Know Law, arguing that doing so would put educators' safety at risk. The Commonwealth Court ruled in the case late last month that the union did not have the right to sue the agency, and instead would have to sue school districts to pursue the matter.

Union spokeswoman Barb Brady said the union was disappointed by the ruling and was studying its options. The state's Right-to-Know Law already bars access to the home addresses of judges, law enforcement officers, and juveniles. The union had asked the court to declare educators' addresses exempt, as well.

Vol. 30, Issue 06, Page 4

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