Los Angeles: Court Rules that Public Has No Right to Know Job Ratings of Individual Teachers

Diane Ravitch's blog

Remember that the Los Angeles Times released the value-added ratings (made up by their own consultant) with the names of teachers in 2010?

Recently, the paper sued to get the ratings for three years-=-2009-2012. The LAUSD said it would release the ratings but not the names attached to them.

Yesterday a three-judge panel said the district did not need to release the names of the teachers with their ratings.

The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling issued Wednesday. In denying a request for disclosure by The Times, a three-judge state appellate court panel found that keeping the names confidential served a stronger public interest than releasing them. The panel overturned a lower court ruling ordering disclosure and rejected The Times’ assertion that the public interest of parents and others…

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