Memphis ‘Commercial Appeal’ Sues School System for Records Access


The Commercial Appeal has filed a lawsuit against Memphis City Schools after the district denied the newspaper’s request for information about applicants for superintendent.

The paper filed the lawsuit Friday in Chancery Court. It asks the court to order the school district and the Iowa-based search firm Ray and Associates to produce the names, titles, resumes and application forms of those who’ve applied for the district’s top job.

Attorney Charles F. Newman said the paper should have access to the documents under the state public records law.

The school district’s associate general counsel Van Turner said he had not received a copy of the lawsuit and would not comment.

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