An experiment by the South Carolina Policy Council revealed that identical public-records requests sent to every state school district resulted in huge disparities in cost estimates for the information, reports the Greenville News. Florence District 5's estimated charge for the records was $464. Greenville County Schools' estimate was $35,000. "The public has a right to this information," said Bryan Cox, a spokesman for the Policy Council, a Columbia, S.C., research organization. "It is public record, and it is supposed to be provided to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. But what we have in practice is exorbitantly high

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