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Simon Schräder, 17, used the North Rhine-Westphalian, Germany, freedom of information law to help others get government information about parking, local budgets, and so forth — and then realized that there was one piece of government information that would be especially useful to him. So he filed a request for the questions on an upcoming standardized school test. About 75 percent of requests under the law are granted, but Schräder expected this one to fall into the other quarter. “It will be interesting to see, though,” he said, “how the ministry reacts.” The Education Ministry said he could see the questions after the exam — revealing them beforehand would interfere with government policy. (AC/Deutsche Welle, Local Germany) ...Looks like the ministry passed its exam.
Original Publication Date: 26 April 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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