Kentucky AG rules Education Department violated records act

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Attorney General’s Office has ruled the state’s Education Department violated the Open Records Act by not properly fulfilling a request for staff sick leave records.

The Monday opinion stated the Education Department gave an untimely response to a man named Tyler Fryman, who asked for copies of timesheets and emails.

Fryman requested more than 2,000 pages of records, including emails to and from Commissioner Wayne Lewis with the word “sick.” The ruling states the department didn’t explain open records exceptions to Fryman, among other issues.

The Herald Leader reports Fryman’s request came as the department grappled with the effects of numerous teacher absences causing several districts to cancel classes.

Education Department spokeswoman Jessica Fletcher responded that the department is complying, but needs more time for the large request.

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This story was originally published on August 6, 2019

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