* Phil Kadner writes about a little-known angle of the Better Government Association’s suit against the not-for-profit Illinois High School Association…
(T)he IHSA generates money for its schools, and the school boards, athletic directors and coaches are prepared to protect it from public scrutiny.
That’s how Consolidated High School District 230, based in Orland Park, got dragged as a defendant into the BGA lawsuit.
There’s a law that states a public agency that does business with another agency, even if it is private, must turn over any documents in its possession about that private business.
Andrew High School in Tinley Park is in District 230, and its principal, Andrew Nolting, is an IHSA board member.
So the BGA filed a freedom of information request with District 230, asking for the IHSA documents that it couldn’t get from the IHSA. District 230 denied the request, claiming that the documents sought “do not pertain to the transaction of the district’s public business.”
Let’s forget the legal mumbo jumbo for a minute and the responsibility of public bodies to be transparent.
Why would organizations that use schoolchildren to make money refuse to provide information about how they spend that money?
There would be no need for a lawsuit if people of good will simply did what was in the public’s interest.
I can see how the IHSA can say it’s protected from FOIA, but a high school district?