COLUMBUS — December 21, 2009 — The Ohio Education Association issued the following statement regarding the hearing on whether a temporary restraining order should be extended into a permanent injunction to prevent the release of the personal information of licensed Ohio education employees as kept by the Ohio Department of Education.
By agreement of the parties, the temporary restraining order (TRO) originally granted on November 13, 2009, has been extended until Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Dan Hogan rules on OEA’s request for an injunction preventing the release of personal data of Ohio public school employees maintained by the Ohio Department of Education.
The TRO prevents the release of residential (home) addresses, home telephone numbers and personal email addresses of individuals licensed by the Ohio Department of Education. Lawyers for both sides are to file briefs with the court on the issue. Oral argument is scheduled for March 19, 2010.
“Our commitment to Ohio education employees is the compelling reason for our action,” said OEA president Patricia Frost-Brooks. “The protection of members’ personal information is of utmost importance to OEA. It is our association’s position that such information is not a public record under Ohio law”.
The Ohio Education Association (ohea.org) represents 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio’s public schools, colleges and universities.
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