A Commonwealth Court judge ruled Tuesday that addresses of public school employees are not public record and can not be released “until further order of this court.” The state open records office’s Web site describes the ruling as a “temporary court order” and has a link to the court’s decision.
I’m having trouble finding the case from which this appeal arose but will see if I can track it down. (UPDATE: See Kim de Bourbon’s comment on this post; plus read AP story here.) On the court order, the Pennsylvania State Education Association is the petitioner and the state, the Department of Community and Economic Development and the open records office are the respondents.
Terry Mutchler, head of the open records office, released a statement that said, “The Office of Open Records will certainly honor Judge Friedman’s ruling while we
consider our legal strategy. Our mission is to apply this law fairly and evenly.
While I, too, have expressed concerns about the release of home addresses of all
public employees, not just teachers, the Legislature made abundantly clear that
the only addresses protected from release are those of a judge, law enforcement
officer or a minor. We look forward to further guidance from the Commonwealth Court
when it issues its full opinion on the release of home addresses.”