The purpose of the Right-to-Know Law was to foster transparency in governmental activities by allowing members of the community access to certain information from public entities. As local education agencies, public school districts, intermediate units, charter schools, trade and vocational schools are all subject to the law’s requirements.
Our Right-to-Know practice involves providing guidance to those school entities every day on this ever-changing and growing area of the law.
This includes advising what constitutes a “public record,” how (and for how long) such records should be stored and maintained, the procedures and methods for sharing information in response to a lawful request, and when certain information is protected and therefore exempt from public access.
The firm also guides clients in operational questions, such as what to do when an employee has used a private account or device in official communications, and how changes to the law affect those procedures.
As the scope of the law can be the subject of contention, the firm is prepared to assist clients when a request – or claim of exception – results in litigation. We have represented clients before administrative and appellate courts in all matters related to the Right-to-Know Law.
Contact us to discuss your questions and needs related to Right-to-Know requests, records, responses, and actions.