Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Right to Know Law Costly, Mt. Lebanon Schools Say

A year after Pennsylvania's new Right to Know law took effect, Mt. Lebanon School District is facing unexpected costs to comply with an increasing number of requests for e-mail correspondence.

Since Jan. 1, 2009, Mt. Lebanon has had 19 requests for e-mail records and correspondence under the Right to Know law. Thirteen of the requests have been made since December 2009.

Fulfilling requests for e-mail records is a "labor-intensive, complex process" and costs an average of about $2,600 per request, including legal and forensics costs, and not including staff time, technology director Christopher Stengel said.

Read more:

Labels: ,

Bookmark and Share


Blogger Bill Matthews said...

... an engaged community ... priceless

March 12, 2010 8:18 AM  
Anonymous J Herman said...

The Right to Know Law is sapping the budgets of state and local governments. Staff for inspections and permits are diverted to fulfilling these requests; equipment and maintenance is deferred.

Perhaps there were isolated abuses by local governments before the law changed, who refused to provide requested documents. But now we are all taxed to satisfy unlimited document demands. I think there are better uses for our money.

March 12, 2010 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would the District be good enough to provide a detailed and itemized explanation of its cost estimate for responding to such requests, a mere number is unhelpful....

Steve Diaz

March 13, 2010 5:18 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I agree. I would think that with the indexing power of programs such as Google Desktop, it'd be a pretty simple matter to recover emails.

March 13, 2010 7:24 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home