Public Information

All records maintained by a public school district are public information unless a specific exception permits the school district to withhold the information.  The following are resources related to making and responding to requests for public information.

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies.  Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations.  For more information on public information, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

 

GB Public Information Program
GBA Information Access
GBAA Requests for Information
GBBA News Media Relations

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Public Information Act, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a full-length legal outline about the Texas Public Information Act, including what constitutes public information, how to deal with requests, information exempt from disclosure, and related penalties.
  • TASB Legal Services' An Introduction to the Public Information Act Training DVD, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a one-hour training video that satisfies board members' open records training requirement and has been approved by the Texas Attorney General. 
  • For information on the confidentiality of student records, see eSource at Students – Student Records.
  • For information about requests for records by individual board members, see Governance  Board Roles and Responsibilities.

Other Resources

  • The Texas Attorney General (AG) Open Government Website provides information on the Public Information Act (PIA), the PIA request process, and how to obtain a ruling from the AG as well as links to the searchable open records decision and open records letter ruling databases and related forms.
  • The AG's Open Government Training Information Website includes a free PIA training video and related training information for governmental officials. 
  • The AG's Public Information Act Handbook details each of the PIA statutes and relevant cases, open records decisions, and open records letter rulings as well as related forms.
  • The AG's Open Records Posters, available in both English and Spanish, must be posted in the district’s administrative offices to inform the public of their rights under the PIA.
  • The AG’s Notice Statement to Persons Whose Proprietary Information Is Requested is a form developed for use by governmental bodies required to notify third parties that their proprietary information is subject to a PIA request.
  • The AG's Charges for Public Information Website provides information on the AG's PIA cost rules, a public information cost estimate model, and contact information to request advice on PIA charges and their applicability.
  • The AG’s Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) Website provides information about a program intended to protect the addresses of victims of family violence, sexual assault, and stalking from release by assigning those individuals post office box addresses.
  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Legal Services Address Confidentiality Program Website provides guidance for districts about the enrollment of students from an ACP household and a related affidavit form.
  • The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides consulting services regarding records retention and other records-related issues by phone, mail, and e-mail.