Education
6:14 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

AISD Sued Over Eastside Documents

A lawsuit filed today accuses the Austin school district of withholding public information on plans for Eastside Memorial High School.

AISD says it needs to find a third party to help run the troubled school to prevent the state from taking it over. Eastside has not met state academic accountability standards for nearly a decade.

But Steve Swanson, a member of the school’s campus advisory committee, says repeated open-records requests he’s submitted to the district have not turned up planning process documents for the campus. So he’s suing in Travis County District Court.

“I do not know that they’re withholding anything,” Swanson said. “That’s the purpose for the suit, so we can go through the process to know exactly what they do have or don’t have.”

The district says it can’t respond to the lawsuit until it has a chance to analyze it. In a statement, the district says it believes it has responded to all of Swanson’s public information requests.