Court: Ohio school district must provide contact information

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP): A court says a western Ohio school district must release student contact information requested by the School Choice organization as public records as long as parents consented to making the information available.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that neither federal nor state law restricts release of Springfield City Schools “directory information” for the 2013-2014 school year to School Choice. The private nonprofit organization informs students and parents about educational options.

A public records request by School Choice in the 2013-2014 school year sought student and parent names, parent addresses and email addresses, parent telephone numbers and student grade levels. Springfield provided only student names and addresses, saying the remaining data wasn’t subject to release.

A message seeking comment from the school district on Thursday wasn’t immediately returned.


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