U.S. Education Department sued over FOIA records related to unions, special interest groups
- May 25, 2022
Juliette Fairley, Legal Newsline
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A federal watchdog sued the U.S. Department of Education for access to records related to special interest groups, including the National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Lambda Legal.
“What we requested were records of communications between certain high-level political appointees within the department and organizations that were either former employers of people on the list or were influential special interest groups,” said Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT). As previously reported in the New York Post, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) swayed the school closing and re-opening guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year.