2 Unions File Privacy Suit Against AISD

Jason Morris

Two more teachers’ unions file a lawsuit to block Austin Independent School District from releasing criminal background check data.

The Texas American Federation of Teachers — along with the Texas State Teachers Association — said it filed the lawsuit Thursday.

The controversy stems from the Attorney General Greg Abbott’s recent ruling that information in the newly required background checks is considered open records.

The unions said their lawsuit does not seek to prevent the background checks.

They do, however, want to block release of information about charges the unions consider irrelevant to the job of teaching, including charges that may have been dropped.

The Association of Texas Professional Educators filed a similar lawsuit last month.

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A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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