School Board Told How To Keep Superintendent’s Eval Secret

A consultant advised New Haven’s Board of Education not to put any part of the schools superintendent’s upcoming performance review on paper, other than a single summary sheet at the end.

Otherwise, he warned, the public would find out what’s really in it, through a public-records request. … More School Board Told How To Keep Superintendent’s Eval Secret

Request for Sex Abuse Victim’s Video Tests Law

One of the men accusing prominent New Haven Rabbi Daniel Greer of sexually abusing him told his story in harrowing detail — on video. Should the public get to watch it?

And is watching the deposition video different from reading the text version?

Those questions came during a hearing before a federal judge Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hartford. … More Request for Sex Abuse Victim’s Video Tests Law

One Tech Company Is Crowdsourcing America’s Largest Land-Use Map

First published in NationSwell. In 2014, Twiana Odom and her daughter paid rent for a home on Detroit’s east side to a man with a forged deed. When yellow tax foreclosure notices started appearing in her mailbox, addressed to a different name than her landlord’s, Odom realized she’d been scammed. Unable to reach the real … More One Tech Company Is Crowdsourcing America’s Largest Land-Use Map

Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel

Reposted from Richard Tofel, ProPublica.

In 1733, New York printer John Peter Zenger began publishing the eighth newspaper in the American colonies, and the first willing to venture criticism of the government. The New-York Weekly Journal was the second paper in a city of 10,000 or so people, 1700 of them slaves. … More Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel