|Submitted||April 11, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all written documents that include, but are not limited to, policies, procedures, training manuals, talking points and slideshows that include the topic of non-discrimination or anti-bullying policies regarding LGBT identified students. This includes, but is not limited to, policies on the use of restroom and locker room facilities. Please limit this request to documents that were generated over the past two years as well as documents, such as policies, that are in effect now.
Any and all communications or questions requested from education institutions regarding the Department of Justice’ 2016 Joint Guidance on Transgender Students (“Dear Colleague Letter”) or Trump’s 2017 “Dear Colleague Letter”. For reference, these letters are available at the following URLs respectively: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201605-title-ix-transgender.pdf https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/941551/download
Any and all records, reports or documents sent to districts that regard student sexual health education.
Finally, I request any and all memos, letters, policies and guidelines sent to schools in the last five years that outline policies regarding transgender or gender non-conforming students. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of restroom and locker room facilities.
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 7 business days, as the statute requires.
Hi Ms. Raih,
Thank you for contacting the Tennessee Department of Education. We received your open records request on April 11, 2017. Tenn. Code Ann. §10-7-503 only requires records to be open for personal inspection by Tennessee citizens, so we will not be fulfilling your request.
If you have any further questions, please contact the department's General Counsel, Christy Ballard, at (615) 741-2921.
Chandler Hopper| Deputy Director of Communications
Andrew Johnson Tower, 9th floor
710 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243
p:(615) 248-7073, c:(615) 218-4013