Teacher evaluations subject to open-records law in many states

The publication of teachers' evaluations has become increasingly controversial, with some news organizations seeking access to teachers' ratings under open-records laws. Such access is permitted in at least 18 states and the District of Columbia. Other states block access or require the teacher or a third party to approve the release. In Florida and Michigan, parents must be notified if their child's teacher receives a series of poor evaluations.

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