Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer’s agent may not ask you why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain expectations may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

Rights & Responsibilities

Rights of Requestors - You have the right to:

  • Prompt access to information that is confidential or otherwise protected;
  • Receive treatment equal to all other requestors, including accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements;
  • Receive certain kinds of information without exceptions, like the voting record of public officials, and other information;
  • Receive a written state of estimated charges, when charges will exceed $40, in advance of work being started and opportunity to modify the request in response to the itemized statement;
  • Choose whether to inspect the requested information (most often at no charge), receive copies of the information or both;
  • A waiver or reduction of charges if the governmental body determines that access to the information primarily benefits the general public;
  • Receive a copy of the communication from the governmental body asking the Office of the Attorney General for a ruling on whether the information can be withheld under one of the accepted exceptions, or if the communication discloses the requested information, a redacted copy;
  • Lodge a written complaint about overcharges for public information with the Office of the Attorney General. Complaints of other possible violations may be filed with the county or district attorney of the county where the governmental body, other than a state agency, is located. If the complaint is against the county or district attorney, the complaint must be filed with the Office of the Attorney General.

Responsibilities of Flour Bluff ISD - All governmental bodies responding to information requests have the responsibility to:

  • Establish reasonable procedures for inspecting or copying public information and inform requestors of these procedures;
  • Treat all requestors uniformly and shall give to the requestor all reasonable comfort and facility, including accommodation in accordance with ADA requirements;
  • Be informed about open records laws and educate employees on the requirements of those laws;
  • Inform requestors of the estimated charges greater than $40 and any changes in the estimates above 20 percent of the original estimate, and confirm that the requestor accepts the charges, or has amended the request, in writing before finalizing the request;
  • Inform the requestor if the information cannot be provided promptly and set a date and time to provide it within a reasonable time;
  • Request a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General regarding any information the governmental body wishes to withhold, and send a copy of the request for ruling, or a redacted copy, to the requestor;
  • Segregate public information from information that may be withheld and provide that public information promptly;
  • Make a good faith attempt to inform third parties when their proprietary information is being requested from the governmental body;
  • Respond in writing to all written communications from the Office of the Attorney General regarding charges for the information. Respond to the Office of the Attorney General regarding complaints about violations of the Act.

 

Procedures to Obtain Information

Information that may be withheld due to an exception

  • If a governmental body determines the requested information is not subject to a previous determination or a statute that allows the information to be withheld without requesting a ruling, by the 10th business day after a governmental body receives your written request, a governmental body must:
    1. request an Attorney General Letter Decision and state which exception apply;
    2. notify the requestor of the referral to the Attorney General; and
    3. notify third parties if the request involves their proprietary information.
  • Failure to request an Attorney General Letter Decision and notify the requestor within 10 business days will result in presumption that the information is open unless there is a compelling reason to withhold it.
  • Requestors may send a letter to the Attorney General arguing for release, and may review arguments made by the governmental body. If the arguments disclose the requested information, the requestor may obtain a redacted copy.
  • The Attorney General must issue a decision no later than the 45th working day from the day after the attorney general received the request for a decision. The attorney general may request an additional 10 working day extension.
  • Governmental bodies may not ask the Attorney General to "reconsider" a decision.

 

Cost of Records

  • You must respond to any written estimate of charges within 10 days of the date the governmental body sent it or the request is considered automatically withdrawn.
  • As authorized by law, the District may charge a requester for additional personnel time spent producing information for the requester after personnel of the District have collectively spent:
    1. 36 hours of time during the District's fiscal year; or
    2. 15 hours of time during a one-month period.

 

How to submit a Public Information Request

Ways to submit a request for public information to Flour Bluff ISD

  1. Submit a request in writing by mail, e-mail, or in person:
    • Mail: Flour Bluff ISD, Public Information Officer, 2505 Waldron Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
    • E-mail: info@flourbluffschools.net
    • In Person: Flour Bluff ISD Central Administration Office, 2505 Waldron Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
  2. Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the District to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
  3. Cooperate with the District's reasonable efforts to clarify the type or amount of information requested.

Although an application for requesting public information is not required by law, it is helpful to the District to ensure the information requested is formatted correctly, includes appropriate detail of information requested and ensures the District can contact the requestor with any questions or clarifications.

Texas Public Information Act Information Request Form

Public Information Request Copy Charges - GBAA (EXHIBIT)

Public Information Request Policy Guidelines - GBAA (LEGAL), GBAA (LOCAL)