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Police, Schools Flunk Pennsylvania Records Audit

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A Pennsylvania audit of public records compliance conducted by the Associated Press, 50 newspapers and a television station found that in 30 percent of the tests, public officials refused to provide clearly public records, or unduly delayed release. More than 700 agencies were surveyed, with police and school boards the least likely to meet the law’s requirements – 40 percent of the police departments denied access to call logs or incident reports; less than half the school districts provided the superintendent’s employment contract on request. (5/24/05)