Minnesota colleges ordered to turn over syllabi for teaching programs

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities must provide copies of course syllabi requested by a Washington-based education group under the state’s open-records law, a Minnesota district judge ruled on Wednesday, U.S. News reports. The National Council on Teacher Quality, a research and advocacy organization, sued the state’s colleges and universities for refusing to fulfill an open-records request seeking information on teacher training programs. The request asked for course syllabi, as well as documents relating to the organization and evaluation of student teaching assignments within each program. Officials from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system submitted most of the documents requested prior to the lawsuit, but declined to provide course syllabi, citing intellectual property rights. Researchers from NCTQ could view the syllabi, but not copy them, officials from the university system said…

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