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Public school teachers in Kentucky may challenge the release of their employment records under the state's open-records law, the state supreme court has ruled.

The ruling came in a challenge by a group of teachers to a records request made of the Jefferson County district by The Courier-Journal newspaper in Louisville.

The newspaper sought a broad review of teacher-employment records, including information about complaints and about whether officials took disciplinary action in response.

The Jefferson County Teachers Association filed suit seeking to block the release of the records, but a state appeals court held that the teachers had no legal standing to prevent the records' release.

The state supreme court on March 24 ruled that the open-records law gives teachers the right to intervene in such cases to argue against the release of personal information. The court did not rule on whether the records in the case should be blocked or released. It returned the case to the appeals court to review the teachers' privacy claims.

Scouts' Gay Ban Upheld: In a case that has knocked around the California court system for 13 years, a Los Angeles appeals court ruled late last month that the Boy Scouts is not covered by a state civil-rights law and may bar homosexuals from serving as troop leaders.

In a 2-to-1 decision, the 2nd District Court of Appeals decided that the Boy Scouts is not a business and is exempt from a state law that prohibits discrimination against homosexuals.

The case stems from a lawsuit filed in 1981 by Timothy Curran. In the suit, Mr. Curran said that the Boy Scouts discriminated against him when the organization refused to allow him to serve as an assistant scoutmaster.

Mr. Curran, who is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, plans to appeal the decision, according to A.C.L.U officials.

Vol. 13, Issue 29

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