|Multi Request||Sexual education curriculum|
|Submitted||Dec. 11, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the South Carolina Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
· A copy of the standard curriculum currently used for sexual education throughout the school district. If there is different standard curricula for different grade levels, I would like all of those individual curricula.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 15 business days, as the statute requires.
I am in receipt of your e-mail dated December 13, 2018, requesting information pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"). Specifically, you requested the following:
“the standard curriculum currently used for sexual education throughout the school district. If there is different standard curricula for different grade levels, I would like all of those individual curricula.”
Pursuant to our state’s public records law, the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), access to public records under the FOIA is limited to South Carolina citizens. The purpose of South Carolina FOIA is to both ensure “citizens shall be advised of performance of public officials...” and “to make it possible for citizens, or their representatives, to learn and report fully the activities of their public officials...” S.C. Code § 30-4-15. Consistent with the stated purpose of the FOIA to inform citizens of South Carolina of the activities of their public officials, section 100 of the FOIA limits relief under the FOIA to “[a]ny citizen of the State.”
The United States Supreme Court addressed and upheld a similar limitation in Virginia’s FOIA. In McBurney v. Young, 133 S. Ct. 1709 (2013), the Supreme Court held that Virginia’s FOIA, which grants Virginia citizens access to public records, but grants no such right to non-Virginians, is reasonable and does not violate the Constitution’s Privilege and Immunities Clause or dormant Commerce Clause. Like Virginia, South Carolina’s public bodies are not obliged by the FOIA to further burden their taxpayers and citizens with the production of records under FOIA to non-citizens.
In the interest of transparency for our citizens, all sexuality education is available for parents to review each year. Parents receive a letter notifying them of the their child’s upcoming sexuality education lessons and inviting them to the school or district office to review the curricula. All curricula is written in-house and is aligned to the South Carolina sexuality education standards.
I hope you find this information helpful.
Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Engagement
Greenville County Schools
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