From EAG News:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mounting criticism of Islam lessons in Tennessee public schools convinced the American Center for Law & Justice to request details on the curriculum in the state’s 146 school districts.
But an attorney representing several school districts and the state’s superintendents association is providing a sample letters for school to reject the requests based on a technicality in Tennessee law, The Tennessean reports.
Attorney Chuck Cagle with the Lewis Thomason law firm wrote a sample letter for the 70-plus Tennessee school districts he represents to reject the open records requests submitted by the ACLJ earlier this month.
“Our client denies your request in full,” the letter reads. “Among many other defects in your demand, the Tennessee Open Records Act only requires that certain public records be made available for personal inspection by Tennessee citizens.
“See Tenn. Code Ann. § 10-7-503(a)(1)(B). A public records request made by an agent on behalf of a foreign business entity is invalid. Without waiving numerous other defects in your demand, your request is denied.”
Cagle also claims the request would cost Tennessee schools a lot of money to retrieve the records requested.
“On the front end, this could cost school boards hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars to respond to this request,” he told WSMV.
The ACLJ’s records requests are part of a broader effort by the nonprofit to educate Tennessee parents about lessons on Islam taught in public schools that’s also included a recent public service video,…