Jefferson County Public Schools denies Bluegrass Institute’s records request

Edit: Here is the actual letter sent by BIPPS to the JCPS– JCPS open records request  It did not come as a complete surprise to the Bluegrass Institute when the Jefferson County Public Schools denied our request for written communications exchanged by officials, staff, board of education members and Superintendent Donna Hargens relating to the superintendent’s…

Not a big surprise: University of Louisville Foundation also engaged in open meetings violations

The Courier Journal headline, “Experts: U of L officials improperly invested own money in foundation-backed companies,” gave no indication that the article’s introductory sentence would identify violations of the Kentucky open meetings law. But reporter Andrew Wolfson prefaced his article with the statement, “They met in President James Ramsey’s conference room, with no notice to…

University of Louisville receives a failing mark from the attorney general in open records 101

In a recent blog, the Bluegrass Institute lamented the University of Louisville Foundation’s flagrant disregard for the open records law as well documented in the foundation’s June 8, 2017 forensic audit. Mislabeling records to avoid detection, secreting records away in nonpublic places to mislead applicants, and destroying records to forever impede the public’s right to…

BIPPS op-ed in Herald-Leader: Sunshine laws ‘showing their age’

Kentuckians are justifiably proud of their nationally recognized open meetings and records laws, popularly referred to as sunshine laws. Since the mid-1970s, these laws have enabled the public to hold their officials and agencies accountable through meetings and records access. The policies that support the laws have, as Kentucky’s Supreme Court once noted, “revealed whether…