Lincoln Public schools are suing a public records group for its request for school records, arguing the group is an “unlawful collection of private information.”
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the school district argues the group has a First Amendment right to seek public records in its attempt to monitor students.
The Lincoln Public School District has been in a legal battle with the Center for Responsive Politics over its requests for school record information for the past year.
Lincoln Public Schools said in its suit that the Center’s request is based on “public records law” and is “likely unconstitutional.” “
We believe it is the responsibility of all school districts to ensure their students have the most up-to-date information in order to remain safe online and keep us safe.
Lincoln Public Schools said in its suit that the Center’s request is based on “public records law” and is “likely unconstitutional.”
The lawsuit argues that the group was allowed to obtain the school records in response to a request from the state attorney general in April 2015, when the Lincoln Public Board of Education had to make a decision on whether to appeal a decision to a state judge.
As a result, the district said it had to “adopt a new policy for public records requests and a new process for obtaining public records.”
Lennon has also argued in court filings that the records are a public record under state law, though the district has not specified the specific statute.
In the lawsuit, the Lincoln district argues that school records should be a private matter, but not an “information privacy” one.
It said the information is protected by the National Labor Relations Act and the Freedom of Information Act, and that the request is therefore an unreasonable invasion of privacy.
The district argues it has a “special interest in protecting the privacy of its students” and said the school has a legal right to request school records to ensure students are safe online.
Its lawsuit also seeks unspecified damages.
A spokesman for the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.