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N.Y. can release data on teachers

The New York City school system can publicly release performance ratings for more than 12,000 teachers based on their students' test scores, a Manhattan judge ruled Monday, in what would be the largest such disclosure in the country. The interests of parents and taxpayers outweigh the privacy rights of public employees, said Manhattan Judge Cynthia S. Kern. "The public has an interest in the job performance of public employees, particularly in the field of education," Kern wrote. "Courts have repeatedly held that release of job-performance related information, even negative information such as that involving misconduct, does not constitute an unwarranted invasion of...

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