Dear Sens. Fasano and Dockery: Your bills won't work
Joel Chandler - the man who has angered Florida school employees with his probing information requests - has a suggestion for the lawmakers trying to close off the records he has asked for: Try something else.
"I have read both of your proposals," Chandler wrote in a letter to Sens. Mike Fasano and Paula Dockery. "If the intent of your bills is to protect the privacy of public school employees and their families then they are completely ineffective. I can think of several ways of getting virtually the same information and in some cases much more by asking for different records that relate to these employees and their families."
Instead, he suggests, the Legislature should consider exempting all personal records of school employees from the Sunshine Law - much like the information about law enforcement officers, judges and the like.
"No doubt the school board officials of Florida and the union leaders would greatly appreciate our efforts
to exempt these types of records, so that only authorized school board personnel could access them," he writes, concluding with an offer. "So let's work together to protect public school employees and their families."