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Daily Star sues TUSD for release of sup't finalist names

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Daily Star sues TUSD for release of sup't finalist names

The Arizona Daily Star is suing Tucson Unified School District for failing to disclose the names of the finalists for district superintendent. Although the TUSD Governing Board interviewed four finalists, only the name of the sole remaining candidate, H.T. Sanchez, was released by the district.

From a Star report by Patrick McNamara:

“The selection process here has an acute public interest,” said Dan Barr, attorney with Perkins Coie LLP, which filed the complaint in Pima County Superior Court today on behalf of the Star.

In addition to the general interest, Barr said the public has a right to know who the school district interviewed for the job.

Barr said district officials are "playing a cynical shell game" in claiming documents generated outside of an executive session are covered by the prohibition on disclosing what occurs during such a session.

“Imagine they brought a dictionary into an executive session, would the contents of the dictionary be confidential?” Barr said.

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