Education dept. again turns down records request

Oct 3, 2012

After saying last August that a public records request would be fulfilled, Louisiana's education department is again refusing to provide The Associated Press with records on how schools were chosen to participate in Gov. Bobby Jindal's new statewide voucher program.

The Associated Press requested the records on June 12. The department initially rejected the request on Aug. 3. However, a spokesman for Education Superintendent John White later told an AP capital bureau reporter that the records request would be fulfilled in September — after the final voucher enrollment numbers were tallied.

But, on Monday, White said in a letter that the request for records, emails or other communications was "overly broad." He also said records on the development of policies or deliberation among managers and staff are not public records.