ERIC Number: ED309569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
School Personnel Records: Confidentiality vs. The Public's Right To Know. A Legal Memorandum.
Ebeling, Louise Burrill
In the public school the tension between the public's right to know and the individual's right to privacy is clearly played out in questions surrounding the employee personnel file. The document discusses the relationship between employee and employer as well as between the public and the records. An issue often raised is what may or may not be kept in public employees' personnel files, which leads to the legislation of disclosure laws. A step-by-step analysis that an administrator should use to assess each request for records access is provided. Twenty guidelines are offered to assist in deciding whether requested personnel records information should be retained as confidential or should be disclosed. Courts have reserved the right to make the ultimate decision. (SI)
Descriptors: Confidential Records, Confidentiality, Disclosure, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Ethics, Freedom of Information, Personnel Data, Personnel Evaluation, Personnel Policy, Politics of Education, Privacy, Public Opinion, School Personnel
Publication Sales, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($1.00; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Note: Revision. First published in: "Education Law Update 1987-88."