So here it is, Day 1! June 1! A Saturday. I almost never post on the weekend, so that is a change.
For today, I've got two related items.
1. Ed Vielmetti has a lot of good advice for people who want to FOIA documents (for example, public school documents) here. He has also been working on an e-book about FOIA, and you can find out about that at the same location.
2. Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton FOIA'd a lot of information about the Education Achievement Authority, and she is making it available for your perusal. According to this Mlive article:
The website, "Inside the EAA," collects documents requested via the Freedom of Information Act from the agency by Lipton following a House Education Committee hearing on House Bill 4369, legislation that would codify the EAA in state law and make it easier to expand to other parts of the state.So check out the website, and if you find things you think others need to know, you can share them using their "contact" form and/or in the comments here.
That bill is pending before the Senate Education Committee after passing the House in March. Lipton issued a statement Thursday saying additional documents requested by the ACLU and individuals will be posted soon.
"This is a real crowd sourcing opportunity. I would encourage those who have interest in the EAA to roll up their sleeves and dig in," Lipton said in the statement.
Oh, and while we're talking about the EAA? Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood is urging the (federal) Department of Education to reconsider a $35 million grant to the EAA because they falsified their application. No, I'm serious. Read about it here.