Gerber: Putting the public back in public records

Alison Gerber

Hamilton County's public school leaders are engaging in a disturbing pattern of behavior that obstructs attempts by the media and community from accessing public documents.

Over the last several months, the Times Free Press has requested two sets of public records, one from the Hamilton County Department of Education and another from the Board of Education.

Both times, they charged what seemed to be an excessive amount of money for records about the safety of school bus drivers and the search for the district's next superintendent - information the public certainly has the right to know.

photo Alison Gerber

The first request, made in the wake of the tragic Woodmore Elementary School bus crash, was for complaints against bus drivers in the past five years.