Judge rules Sumner County Schools violated public records law, orders it to stop

GALLATIN — Nearly 20 months after citizen Ken Jakes requested to see the Sumner County Schools public records policy, Sumner County Judge Dee Gay ruled today that the school district Continue Reading

Judge says Sumner County Schools denied public records request, but not willful

Sumner County Judge Dee David Gay said Thursday in preliminary findings that Sumner County Schools denied a public records request from open government advocate Ken Jakes, but that he heard Continue Reading

Public records practices of Sumner County Schools under scrutiny at trial

Ken Jakes, an open government advocate and a candidate for an at-large council position on Nashville’s Metro Council, is expected to testify Thursday morning in a public records lawsuit he Continue Reading

Public hearings, survey to gather citizen, government input on public records fee proposal

Three public hearings will be held around the state in September to gather opinions and input about a legislative proposal to allow local and state government agencies to charge fees Continue Reading

Increasing fees for public records is not the answer for government transparency

The fastest way to shut down access to government records is to charge fees people can’t afford to pay. Another way is to simply ignore or delay responding to citizens Continue Reading