Thursday, January 14, 2010

Illinois Lawmakers alter FOIA rules for teachers

"Months after approving what was billed as a sweeping reform of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, legislators, at the behest of teachers’ unions, on Wednesday barred disclosure of performance evaluations for teachers, principals and school superintendents.

The measure doesn’t affect evaluations of janitors, secretaries, teacher aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers or any other type of school employee, nor, as written, does it have any impact on municipal, county or state workers.

But a spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, which represents 75,000 employees in various government positions, said the union wants the same exemption for all public employees who receive performance evaluations.

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