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UNT-Dallas tries, fails to keep secret a staff report critical of management consulting firm’s recommendations
Friday, Aug 24, 2012, 11:20AM CST
By Steve Miller

The appeal of an open records request is not to be taken personally, but like the guy who cuts you off in traffic, sometimes you can’t help but take umbrage.

So when the administrators at the University of North Texas at Dallas requested faculty and staff input on a new model of teaching and recruiting at the school, the Dallas Morning News heard there was a report on the response and filed an open records request for that report.

The university, understandably concerned that someone would want to out their hopes to drive down education costs and pocket more money, appealed the request. Why would it do that? Doesn’t it want taxpayers to know exactly what it is cooking up over there?

As it is currently awaiting review by the state Attorney General’s office, the Dallas Morning News popped this story, with the sweet little notation, “We got a copy through other means.” That should be music to the ears of the public, which is being shut out of huge decisions of public policy at the very public university.

Click here to see the report that UNT-Dallas doesn't want you to see.

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