Friday, October 17, 2014

The FOIA Request

I faxed my Freedom of Information Act Request to the Fort Worth ISD legal department, and since I was told that fax is the fastest way to get the information from them, I expect to receive a response within the 10 days at the most, but hopefully within the week. If I do not receive a response, I will call them again, and then email my request.

Here is my request letter:

Fort Worth Independent School District
Public Information Request
Attention: Legal Services: Valerie Carrillo/ JoAnna Gomez
100 N. University Dr., Suite SW 172
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Freedom of Information Act Request
Dear Ms. Carrillo and Ms. Gomez,
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
I request that a copy of the following documents, or documents containing the following information, be provided to me: A list of the banned or suspended books in the past two years, a list of which books were requested to be banned or suspended in the past two years. I also request to be provided an explanation of the process the school district undergoes to decide which books to suspend or ban.
I request a waiver of all fees for this request. I am a journalism student at Texas Christian University requesting the documents in the public’s interest. Disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations contributing to the suspension and ban of books from public school students, and is not in any way for my commercial interest.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
Molly Spain
TCU Box 290716
Fort Worth, TX, 76129
Cell: 972-978-2759


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