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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Texas Education Agency's (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 email.