Commonwealth Court Stays Own Ruling on Employee Home Addresses

KKAL previously issued an Education Law Watch on the Commonwealth Court’s decision of February 17, 2015. The decision held that in response to a Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) request for employee home addresses, a school district must produce the addresses, unless an employee objects after receiving mandatory notice from the district regarding the request and the employee’s right to object under the personal security exception of the RTKL.

As we had predicted, PSEA appealed the Commonwealth Court’s decision. In response, on February 26, 2015, the Commonwealth Court issued a stay of its own ruling, and reinstituted the injunction that had previously been in place. The injunction had prohibited school districts from releasing any employee home addresses in response to a RTKL request.

Thus, for now, the Commonwealth Court has temporarily delayed implementation of its decision dated February 17, 2015, and restored the prior injunction. Accordingly, while this stay is in effect, school districts may deny a RTKL request for employee home addresses by stating simply that disclosure is prohibited by the Commonwealth Court’s Order of February 26, 2015.

Continue to stay tuned for further developments!


We hope you find this issue of KKAL’s Education Law Watch helpful and informative. Please understand that the Law Watch is designed to provide information about current developments and required actions. It does not constitute legal advice, and school districts should consult a lawyer knowledgeable in this area of the law prior to taking specific actions on the issues addressed.


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Howard L. Kelin                   
Jeffrey D. Litts                       
Rhonda F. Lord                     
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Kegel Kelin Almy & Lord LLP is a regional law firm with offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. KKAL is solicitor and general counsel to 20 school districts and joint school systems – and bond counsel, finance counsel, or special joint counsel to many others in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. In addition, KKAL frequently serves Pennsylvania school districts for unusual and challenging problems, projects, or litigation.