Janet Steffenhagen, the education reporter for The Vancouver Sun, notes a report by the B.C. School Trustees’ Association calling for more leeway to charge Freedom-of-Information applicants for the full costs of their requests.
My response to the report is simple: start making raw data available on the Internet and the cost of administering information will go down.
Ms. Steffenhagen’s blog is unique among “old-school” education journalists in Canada. It is updated daily and a wealth of information. If you follow this blog because you are interested in education policy generally, you definitely want to follow her blog: http://communities.canada.com/VANCOUVERSUN/blogs/reportcard/