Texas PIA Request & FOIA Request for Public School District Records

Egalitarian filed this request with the Houston Independent School District of Houston, TX.
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From: Egalitarian

To Whom It May Concern:
This request is made under THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT and The Texas Public Information Act , which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of entities that receive state and/or federal funding.

This written request is for the following non-redacted records with the exception of naming a minor child:

1) Ashford Elementary Campus safety inspection summary reports and deficiencies from 2018 through 2020;
2) Ashford Elementary Campus playground safety Inspection reports and deficiencies from 2015 through 2020;
3) Houston Fire Marshall inspection summary reports and deficiencies of Ashford Elementary School from 2017 through 2020;
4) Concluded investigations summaries of campus complaints filed by Houston ISD employees that references any Ashford Elementary School facutly and/or staff memebers from 2017 through 2020
5) Texas Education Agency concluded investigation reports that reference Ashford Elementary School from 2017 through 2020 (if this publicly accessible please provide location)
6) Any and all concluded investigation reports regarding complaints of employee misconduct, financial fraud and admission fraud that references Ashford Elementary School from 2017 through 2020
7) First and Last Name of all Nurses including RN licened number assigned or substituted at Ashford Elementary from 2017 through 2020
8) Current contract(s) between Houston ISD and Title IV-D Child Support Division of The Texas Attorney General office

I also request that, fees be waived as we believe this request for disclosure is in the public interest and educational purposes under Texas Government Code § 552.267. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 replying to this request in pdf. format by attachment.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter per the Texas Public Information Act statute requires.

From: Houston Independent School District

The Houston Independent School District is closed for purposes of the public health and epidemic response. This includes District administrative offices and District physical offices. When the District re-opens, the District will accept and process your below request. We hope you remain healthy and safe.

Thank you,

Public Information Office

713-556-6060 (office)

713-556-6061 (fax)

publicinformation@houstonisd.org<mailto:publicinformation@houstonisd.org> (email)

HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
4400 West 18th Street | Houston, TX 77092-8501
Keep up with the latest news from HISD: www.HoustonISD.org<http://www.houstonisd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1>
Follow HISD on Twitter: @HoustonISD
Like HISD on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoustonISD<https://www.facebook.com/HoustonISD>

From: Houston Independent School District

Good Morning,

Thank you for your message. As you may be aware, HISD’s physical administrative offices remain closed until further notice for purposes of the public health and epidemic response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the extended closure of its administrative and physical offices, HISD remains limited in operational capacity. The District’s public information office is working to provide requested information to the extent possible during this time. We appreciate your patience and we hope you remain healthy and safe. Thank you.

Please provide first name, last name and contact number to process request

Public Information Office

713-556-6060 (office)

713-556-6061 (fax)

publicinformation@houstonisd.org<mailto:publicinformation@houstonisd.org> (email)

HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
4400 West 18th Street | Houston, TX 77092-8501
Keep up with the latest news from HISD: www.HoustonISD.org<http://www.houstonisd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1>
Follow HISD on Twitter: @HoustonISD
Like HISD on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoustonISD<https://www.facebook.com/HoustonISD>

From: Egalitarian

Dear Attorney General Paxton:

On June 3, 2020, I filed a Public Information Act request with the Houston Independent School District. It can be viewed here:
https://www.muckrock.com/foi/houston-113/texas-pia-request-foia-request-for-public-school-district-records-94251/

As of today (August 1, 2020), the district has not provided me with the date and time that these documents will be made available, nor has it sought an open records ruling from your office. Thus, since June 18, it has been in flagrant violation of the PIA, and I ask that you order the district to promptly release the documents to me.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

From: Houston Independent School District

Good afternoon,

Pursuant to section 552.301(b) of the Texas Government Code, the District today submitted to the Attorney General its request for a ruling concerning some of the information requested by you in your enclosed requests. We are providing you with a copy of the District’s request in accordance with Tex. Gov’t Code § 552.301(d) (see attached). Please let us know as soon as possible if you do not receive or cannot open the attachment.

We anticipate providing the documents that are not subject to the District’s Attorney General ruling request on or before November 2, 2020. Thank you.
Katheryne Ellison
Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services
713-556-7084 (office) | 713-556-6061 (fax)
kelliso1@HoustonISD.org<mailto:kelliso1@HoustonISD.org> (email)
HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
4400 West 18th Street | Houston, TX 77092-8501
Keep up with the latest news from HISD: www.HoustonISD.org<http://www.houstonisd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1>
Follow HISD on Twitter: @HoustonISD
Like HISD on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoustonISD<https://www.facebook.com/HoustonISD>

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify me by telephone at 713.556.7084.

From: Houston Independent School District

Good afternoon,

Pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 552.301(b) and (e), the District today submitted to the Attorney General its request for a ruling and written comments stating the reasons why the stated exceptions would allow or require some of the specified information requested by you in your below request, to be withheld; as well as a copy of the specific information. Pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 552.301(d) and (e-1), we are providing you with a copy of the District’s submission. The District’s letter and/or exhibits have been redacted, as permitted by Tex. Gov’t Code § 552.301(e-1).

We anticipate providing the documents that are not subject to the District’s Attorney General ruling request on or before November 6, 2020. Thank you.

Katheryne Ellison
Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services
713-556-7084 (office) | 713-556-6061 (fax)
kelliso1@HoustonISD.org<mailto:kelliso1@HoustonISD.org> (email)
HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
4400 West 18th Street | Houston, TX 77092-8501
Keep up with the latest news from HISD: www.HoustonISD.org<http://www.houstonisd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1>
Follow HISD on Twitter: @HoustonISD
Like HISD on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoustonISD<https://www.facebook.com/HoustonISD>

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify me by telephone at 713.556.7084.

From: Houston Independent School District

Good afternoon,

Enclosed please find the documents responsive to the below open records request that are not subject to the District’s Attorney General ruling request. We have also redacted the following information:

* Home addresses, home telephone numbers, family member information or references to family members, or emergency contact information of District employees or officials pursuant to section 552.024 of the Tex. Gov’t Code

Normally, we must request a ruling from the Texas Attorney General before we can withhold any of the information you requested. However, sections 552.024 and 552.130, allows us to withhold this specific information without requesting a ruling from the attorney general. You have the right to appeal our decision to withhold this information from you. Instructions for appeal are enclosed. If you do not want to appeal, you do not need to do anything else.

Please let us know if we may be of further assistance.

Katheryne

Katheryne Ellison
Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services
713-556-7084 (office) | 713-556-6061 (fax)
kelliso1@HoustonISD.org<mailto:kelliso1@HoustonISD.org> (email)
HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
4400 West 18th Street | Houston, TX 77092-8501
Keep up with the latest news from HISD: www.HoustonISD.org<http://www.houstonisd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1>
Follow HISD on Twitter: @HoustonISD
Like HISD on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoustonISD<https://www.facebook.com/HoustonISD>

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify me by telephone at 713.556.7084.

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