Portland Public Schools will sue reporter and parent to block release of records

Portland Public Schools is taking reporter Beth Slovic and parent activist Kim Sordyl to court to prevent a list of people on paid administrative leave from becoming public.

Portland Public Schools is taking the unusual step of suing a reporter and a parent to block the release of records that Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill has ruled are public.

The planned suit, which will seek a declaration from Multnomah County Circuit Court that Underhill's March 20 decision is wrong, stems from a fall public records request from this reporter for a list of PPS employees on paid administrative leave. PPS's interim general counsel, Stephanie Harper, rejected the request, arguing that the records are exempt from disclosure due to the personal privacy of employees, some of whom are put on leave for disciplinary reasons.