Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Iowa court rules school disciplinary records are not public

"An Iowa school district does not have to release the details of disciplinary action taken against employees responsible for improperly strip-searching several teenage girls, a court ruled Wednesday.

The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the details of disciplinary cases against public employees are exempt from the state's public records law except when they lead to firings. The court rejected a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, which was seeking to learn the level of discipline taken against two Atlantic Community School District employees responsible for strip-searching female students during a theft investigation in 2009."

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