List Summary

Record Count: 2

Courts order release of information on teacher absenteeism

As a result of the efforts of the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC) beginning in 2007, the Supreme Court ordered the Director General of Culture and Education of the Province of Buenos Aires to release information on the amount of days no classes are taught due to the absence of teachers, specifically in 36 schools. The Director General has 15 days to respond. The request serves as yet another example of how freedom of information laws give citizens tools to evaluate how tax dollars are being spent, especially when it comes to their welfare and that of their children.

Challenges in accessing information on education for people with disabilities

In order to obtain information about the educational situation of people with disabilities, on May 29, 2015, the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) submitted an access to information request. The state responded to the request indicating that there was no available data about the educational trajectory of people with disabilities. The state's inability to produce information does not line up with Article 24 over the Rights of Disabled People. ACIJ, together with the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC), la Asociación Síndrome de Down de la República Argentina (ASDRA) and la Red por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (REDI), decided to take the case to court in order to require the Ministry of Education to produce the information. Such actions ensure citizen-led checking of government provided services such as education.