Missouri Supreme Court won’t hear syllabi case

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a public records lawsuit filed by an education advocacy group that wanted access to professors’ copies of course outlines.

The National Council on Teacher Quality sued in October 2012 to compel the release of University of Missouri course plans. A Boone County court ruled that the course plans are closed records protected by federal copyright law and an appeals court upheld that ruling.

The council sought the records as part of a nationwide project to evaluate what aspiring teachers learn in college.

Several journalism organizations had supported the council’s efforts, arguing the lower court ruling restricted Missouri’s open records law.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Thursday that the state Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune

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