Superintendent applications should be open to public

You can’t find out what the WH was thinking in the buildup to the war, but if you care to, you can find out who all applied to run the public schools in Memphis, Tennessee.

This is an important decision reached after the Commercial Appeal filed a lawsuit. The school sought to withhold records of all but the top five applicants on the highly dubious dodge that until the pool of applicants had been narrowed down to five, a private executive search firm was in charge.

This is about the tenth decision in 2008 alone that governments can’t make governmental decisions private by subcontracting any part of the decision-making or task out to a putatively private organization. The organization might be private, but if they’re doing government work, the records are government records and should be made public.

I should save that sentence somewhere so I don’t have to re-type it twice a month for the rest of the year.


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