Kentucky PTA files lawsuit to stop Dear JCPS founder from receiving financial information through open records request

Kentucky PTA files lawsuit to stop Dear JCPS founder from receiving financial information through open records request
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - The Kentucky Parent Teacher Association has filed a lawsuit to stop the co-founder of ‘Dear JCPS’ from accessing the financial information of local PTA chapters though an open records request.

Each school’s PTA is required to keep a budget and submit an annual financial report to the non-profit in Frankfort.

In June 2019, Gay Adelmann asked JCPS for the financial records from all of the district’s PTAs over the past five years.

The Kentucky PTA says that the documents don’t fall under the Open Records Act and releasing them could be harmful to the organization.

Gay Adelmann, the co-founder of Dear JCPS, sent us the statement below after this article was published.

“There have been several complaints of suspected financial mismanagement and election malfeasance by PTAs in the district brought to our attention. Bringing these member complaints to the attention of 15th District PTA and state PTA leaders in the past has only caused them to act defensively and put up more barriers. We made a routine open records request directly to the district, as we do quite often on many subjects. This sudden lawsuit to block our organization from receiving these existing records before the district had an opportunity to comply is another example of defensive maneuvering, and it begs the question, “what are they trying to prevent their members from finding out?” Adelmann said.

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