NPRI Seeks CCSD Records, Files Lawsuit

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courtesy KXNT/Smith

courtesy KXNT/Smith

(Las Vegas, NV) — Thursday, the Nevada Policy Research Institute’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation filed a lawsuit under the Nevada Public Records Act against the Clark County School District.

NPRI is seeking a list of government-issued email addresses for CCSD teachers. NPRI first requested these public records in June 2012 and again in February 2013. Both times CCSD refused to release the records, claiming, in part, that government-provided email addresses for government employees were part of employees’ personnel records and need to be “safeguarded.”

“Last year, NPRI reached out to a number of CCSD teachers, informing them of their right to opt out of the Clark County Education Association, and their opportunity, under the contract between the CCEA and CCSD, to do so by submitting written notice to the union in the two-week window between July 1 and 15,” says NPRI President Andy Matthews

Last summer roughly 800 teachers left CCEA and in doing so saved nearly $800 annually.

“We believe very strongly that every teacher should be able to make the decision that is right for him or her regarding union membership. That’s what prompted this effort. Again, it’s about informing teachers of rights that they have, that many of them may not know they have,” says Matthews

A copy of the lawsuit can be viewed here

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