Lawsuit filed against AISD

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on March 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 11:41 AM

AUSTIN -- The Austin Independent School District is facing a lawsuit. The district is accused of violating the state’s Public Information Act.

The suit, filed Wednesday, centers around Eastside Memorial High. Steve Swanson, a member of the campus Advisory Council there, filed the complaint.
 
Swanson says AISD is breaking the Texas Public Information Act by withholding documents that spelled out the fate for the campus. He says the district ignored what students, parents and teachers wanted and made a decision about the future of the campus on its own. He requested all documents, the internal paperwork, to see what was behind the final decision. He says he hasn't seen any of those reports.
 
“When the community rises, they're not listened to. When the community asks questions, they're not answered. So the Public Information Act prompts us to say, have the right, to go 'what is the district doing? What has it done? What does it plan to do?'” said Swanson.
 
According to the lawsuit Swanson believes the documents he wants would reveal that the district didn't make a "real effort" to help Eastside Memorial improve. The campus is currently under a reconstitution program due to failing state standards. A plan to have the IDEA Charter School Program run the campus was canceled in December.
 
Swanson says he hopes the suit will bring about a change at headquarters to bring the community into the decision-making processes.
 
The AISD has yet to release a statement about the case.

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