Complaints to Video on Racism

Waqas Mirza filed this request with the Henrico County Public Schools of Henrico County, VA.
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From: Waqas Mirza

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all emails received by Henrico County Public Schools regarding the four minute, animated video--"Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race"--shown to students at an assembly.

The video and the ensuing controversy was widely covered in the press, including in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/02/11/parents-outraged-after-students-shown-white-guilt-cartoon-for-black-history-month/.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

David Pardo.
Alexandria, Virginia.

From: Andrew J. Jenks (ajenks)

Thanks David, please provide a mailing address and we will be happy to move forward on this request.

Andy

From: Waqas Mirza

My address is 4854 Eisenhower Avenue, Unit 447 Alexandria, VA 22304. However, I am using the FOIA service provided by MuckRock and will like the material sent to:

MuckRock
DEPT MR 24005
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516.

Thank you,
David.

From: Andrew J. Jenks (ajenks)

Dear David,

We have received your request for records and for an estimate of the charges prior to fulfilling the request. We also need to get clarification on the request.

Your request seeks “a copy of all emails received by Henrico County Public Schools regarding the four minute, animated video--"Structural Discrimination: The Unequal Opportunity Race"--shown to students at an assembly. We need clarification on what you mean by “Henrico County Public Schools”? Do you mean to the School Board or to other folks as well? I can tell you that including any and all HCPS email addresses, of which there are thousands, would take months to complete and the cost would be exorbitant.

If you can narrow down the folks who may have received the emails you are looking for, we would be happy to revise the time/monetary estimate. I can say, for example, that if the request is limited to emails received by School Board members, we would expect the request to cost less than $100. Please let me know how you wish to proceed.
Thanks,

Andy

Andy Jenks
Director, Communications and Public Relations
(804) 652-3724
@HenricoSchools<twitter.com/henricoschools>
[HCPS Slogan_Email Sign]

From: Waqas Mirza

Hello Andy,

Appreciate your quick response. You may limit the request to emails received by School Board members.

Thanks again.

From: Andrew J. Jenks (ajenks)

Got it…thanks! We’ll get to work on that.

From: Henrico County Public Schools

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Henrico County Public Schools

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: MuckRock

Henrico County Public Schools
ATTN: Communications and Public Relations
3820 Nine Mile Road
Henrico, VA 23223-0420

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $103.51 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

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