Utah Teachers Sue To Block Online Access To Past Discipline Records
Utah’s largest teachers’ union has filed a lawsuit to block online access to a website that reveals disciplinary actions against teachers over the past decade. The Utah Education Association is concerned that the website is retroactive.
Kass Harstad is an attorney representing the union:
[Kass Harstad]: “Something like 75 percent of educator discipline is done through agreement, where the educator says ‘okay, I’m gonna waive my due process rights to a hearing, and I’ll take this discipline.’ Educators were never told that their discipline would be published on a public and searchable website. UEA isn’t opposed to transparency, they’re not opposed to the website necessarily going forward, but you can’t change the terms of these agreements for the last ten years without educators’ consent.”
The suit’s been filed, but not yet served to the state School Board. The union still hopes they can work with the board to address the complaint, but had to file before the statute of limitations expired last Monday.