I’m very happy to introduce you to James Vittorioso, who is this week’s Sunshine Troublemaker of the Week.
Mr. Vittorioso is a member of the School Committee in the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Mr. Vittorioso has so annoyed the superintendent of the local school system, Wilfredo Laboy that Superintendent Laboy has created a special policy saying that he will no longer entertain written requests for information from Mr. Vittorioso, who is an elected official.
An enterprising reporter at the Eagle Tribune writes that Superintendent Laboy’s policy “appears to violate the state’s Public Records Law”.
(That would be the Massachusetts Public Records Act.)
Mr. Vittorioso and some of his fellow elected officials on the Lawrence School Committee haven’t failed to notice that in adopting this policy, Superintendent Laboy has made it harder for elected officials to obtain information than it would be for just a good old average Massachusetts citizen.
Here at the Lucy Burns Institute, the committee that bestows the increasingly coveted STOTW, we applaud you, Mr. Vittorioso, and urge you to carry on.