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Don’t Tell, but You Can Ask

Dan Malone teaches a college journalism class at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, which is part of the Texas A&M University System. The class focuses on how to use public information laws, but if he teaches students how to get information about their own school, he has been warned he could be fired. The Texas Public Information Act allows any student to request public information from the school, but A&M policy forbids faculty members to suggest students file such requests. “It does not prevent [students] from getting public information,” explained A&M spokesman Rod Davis. “It specified in a very, very narrowly drawn manner [the] way they can do so. It absolutely does not inhibit their ability to find the information.” (MS/AP) ...Right: they can find it, you just can’t tell them it’s there.
Original Publication Date: 26 December 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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