August 7 | Education News

L.A. County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant has ruled that ratings for individual teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District must be disclosed to the Los Angeles Times because they’re a matter of public interest. He said that the right of state and district residents to know how well the teachers were performing outweighed the teachers’ expectations of privacy under California’s Public Records Act.

LAUSD jointly with the United Teachers Los Angeles argued that making the individual ratings public would cause embarrassment for the teachers as well as make it harder for the district to recruit instructors. Chalfant rejected this line of reasoning, noting that the public had the right to know the details of each individual teacher’s performance and how effective the district officials were in allocating education funds and other resources.

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