University of Missouri System continues to fight release of syllabi

Dec 17, 2012

The National Council on Teacher Quality is seeking course syllabi under Missouri's public records law as part of a nationwide effort to monitor what aspiring teachers learn at college.
The National Council on Teacher Quality is seeking course syllabi under Missouri's public records law as part of a nationwide effort to monitor what aspiring teachers learn at college.
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The University of Missouri system continues to oppose public release of records related to teacher training.

A Washington-based education group, The National Council on Teacher Quality, filed a civil lawsuit against the four-campus system in Boone County Circuit Court. The group is seeking course syllabi under Missouri's public records law as part of a nationwide effort to monitor what aspiring teachers learn at college. The results will be published next year in U.S. News & World Report.

Lawyers for the two sides appeared in court Monday for a hearing on a request by the teacher watchdog group for an immediate ruling. Instead, Circuit Judge Kevin Crane told them to exchange pre-trial information and return at a later date.

A university lawyer argued that federal copyright law protects the course material.