Freedom of Information

  • School Board Puts ‘Hold’ On Disclosed Information Discussion

    After deciding to refer two pieces of disclosed board communications to the local Board of Ethics for review and filing an appeal with the Freedom of Information Commission, the Board of Education voted at its November 17 meeting to delay its conversations on the topic until further information is gathered.

    Board members have discussed at multiple meetings an e-mail and a screenshot of a text message recently shared on social media.

  • Getting FOI Right

    There is a certain irony to the controversy that blew up on social media in the final days of this year’s local election campaign over the leak of confidential digital communications of the Board of Education. A school board member eventually identified himself as the source of the leak in the face of a pending investigation of the breach by the school board.

  • State Police Ordered To Release Documents In School Shooting Probe

    HARTFORD (AP) — The state Freedom of Information Commission has ruled that Connecticut State Police must release personal documents seized from the Sandy Hook School shooter’s home during the investigation of 12/14.

    The agency ruled Wednesday, May 13, in favor of The Hartford Courant. Efforts by The Courant to obtain the documents since January 2014 had been blocked by the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

  • Shining Light On Arrest Records

    In the name of public safety, there are times when we want the police to take control of a situation, sort things out, give orders, and have those orders obeyed. Even if we ourselves ever have the misfortune of being placed under arrest, we should recognize that at the point of arrest the law really does give police wide latitude to do their jobs. There is a time and place for arguing and protesting the particulars of innocence and resisting charges, but it is not when the cuffs are going on.

  • Privacy Vs. The Right To Know

    The days of reckoning following December 14, 2012, led nearly everyone to the same conclusion: We can do better than this. No matter what the issue — gun violence, mental health, school security — there was an overwhelming sense that perhaps something had been overlooked that could have secured for that infamous date the blessedly obscure status of just another Friday.

  • First Selectman Implores Lawmakers To Block Access To 12/14 Materials

    Urging state legislators to make a “compassionate choice,” First Selectman Pat Llodra has added her voice to that of grieving 12/14 parents and a group of lawmakers led by Senator and Minority Leader John McKinney working to excerpt certain public records, images and 911 recordings from public access.