- Texas Public Information Act (Open Records Requests)
Public Information Requests
The Public Information Act (PIA) gives the public the right to request access to government information. The request must ask for information already in existence. The PIA does not require Austin ISD to create new information, perform legal searches, or answer general questions.
Before you submit a public information request, please review our website. The information you are seeking may be available on the Austin ISD website.
To Request Information
To request documents from Austin ISD, submit your request:
Online to: Online Request Form (Online Request Form -Spanish) which sends requests directly to the designated PIR email address.
By mail or in person to:
Austin Independent School District
Public Information Act Request
4000 S. IH 35 Frontage Road
Austin, TX 78704
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
By fax to: (512) 414-9878
If you need special accommodations pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact our Public Information Office at (512) 414-9813.
Current Austin ISD employees may request a copy of their current-year contract by completing the form at the link below (employees will need to be logged in to Google through the AISD Portal to access the form):
Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer’s agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.
Rights of Requestors
You have the right to:
- Prompt access to information that is not confidential or otherwise protected;
- Receive treatment equal to all other requestors, including accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements;
- Receive certain kinds of information without exceptions, like the voting record of public officials, and other information;
- Receive a written statement of estimated charges, when charges will exceed $40, in advance of work being started and opportunity to modify the request in response to the itemized statement;
- Choose whether to inspect the requested information (most often at no charge), receive copies of the information or both;
- A waiver or reduction of charges if the governmental body determines that access to the information primarily benefits the general public;
- Receive a copy of the communication from the governmental body asking the Office of the Attorney General for a ruling on whether the information can be withheld under one of the accepted exceptions, or if the communication discloses the requested information, a redacted copy;
- Lodge a written complaint about overcharges for public information with the Attorney General Office. Complaints of other possible violations may be filed with the county or district attorney of the county where the governmental body, other than a state agency, is located. If the complaint is against the county or district attorney, the complaint must be filed with the Office of the Attorney General.
Responsibilities of Governmental Bodies
All governmental bodies responding to information requests have the responsibility to:
- Establish reasonable procedures for inspecting or copying public information and inform requestors of these procedures;
- Treat all requestors uniformly and shall give to the requestor all reasonable comfort and facility, including accommodation in accordance with ADA requirements;
- Be informed about open records laws and educate employees on the requirements of those laws;
- Inform requestors of the estimated charges greater than $40 and any changes in the estimates above 20 percent of the original estimate, and confirm that the requestor accepts the charges, or has amended the request, in writing before finalizing the request;
- Inform the requestor if the information cannot be provided promptly and set a date and time to provide it within a reasonable time;
- Request a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General regarding any information the governmental body wishes to withhold, and send a copy of the request for ruling, or a redacted copy, to the requestor;
- Segregate public information from information that may be withheld and provide that public information promptly;
- Make a good faith attempt to inform third parties when their proprietary information is being requested from the governmental body;
- Respond in writing to all written communications from the Office of the Attorney General regarding charges for the information. Respond to the Office of the Attorney General regarding complaints about violations of the Act.
Procedures to Obtain Information
- Submit a written request by mail, fax, email or in person according to a governmental body's reasonable procedures.
- Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the governmental body to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
- Cooperate with the governmental body's reasonable efforts to clarify the type or amount of information requested.
A. Information to be released
- You may review it promptly, and if it cannot be produced within 10 working days the public information officer will notify you in writing of the reasonable date and time when it will be available.
- Keep all appointments to inspect records and to pick up copies. Failure to keep appointments may result in losing the opportunity to inspect the information at the time requested.
Cost of Records
- You must respond to any written estimate of charges within 10 days of the date the governmental body sent it or the request is considered automatically withdrawn.
- If estimated costs exceed $100.00 (or $50.00 if a governmental body has fewer than 16 full time employees) the governmental body may require a bond, prepayment or deposit.
- You may ask the governmental body to determine whether providing the information primarily benefits the general public, resulting in a waiver or reduction of charges.
- Make a timely payment for all mutually agreed charges. A governmental body can demand payment of overdue balances exceeding $100.00, or obtain a security deposit, before processing additional requests from you.
B. Information that may be withheld due to an exception
- By the 10th business day after a governmental body receives your written request, a governmental body must:
- request an Attorney General opinion and state which exceptions apply;
- notify the requestor of the referral to the Attorney General; and
- notify third parties if the request involves their proprietary information.
- Failure to request an Attorney General opinion and notify the requestor within 10 business days will result in a presumption that the information is open unless there is a compelling reason to withhold it.
- Requestors may send a letter to the Attorney General arguing for release, and may review arguments made by the governmental body. If the arguments disclose the requested information, the requestor may obtain a redacted copy.
- The Attorney General must issue a decision no later than the 45th working day from the day after the attorney general received the request for a decision. The attorney general may request an additional 10 working day extension.
- Governmental bodies may not ask the Attorney General to "reconsider" an opinion.
To request information from this governmental body, please contact:The Office of the Superintendent
You may send your request:
- By mail to: Office of the Superintendent, 4000 S. IH 35 Frontage Road
- Online to: Online Request Form
- By e-mail to: email@example.com
- By fax to: (512) 414-9878
- In person at:
Austin Independent School District
Public Information Act Request
4000 S. IH 35 Frontage Road
Austin, TX 78704
For complaints regarding failure to release public information please contact your local County or District Attorney.
- You may also contact the Office of the Attorney General, Open Records Hotline, at 512-478-6736 or toll-free at 1-877-673-6839.
- For complaints regarding overcharges, please contact the AG Cost Rules Administrator at 512-475-2497.
If you need special accommodation pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act, please contact our ADA coordinators in the Office of Employee Relations at 512-414-9687 or 512-414-1481.
Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information.What are the exceptions to the Texas Open Records Act? ›
Some information is not open to the public. These types of information are listed as exceptions in the Texas Public Information Act. They include some information in personnel records, pending litigation, competitive bids, trade secrets, real estate deals and certain legal matters involving attorney-client privilege.How many days does a state agency in Texas have to respond to a request for a government record? ›
If a governmental body fails to respond to your request for information or request an attorney general ruling within ten business days, you may file an informal written complaint with the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General.How do I get a Texas Open Records request? ›
Submit a written request using our Public Information Request Form or a self-composed request in any legible format by: Emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Faxing to 512-239-OPEN (6736). Austin, Texas 78753.Can someone record me without my consent in Texas? ›
Texas is considered a "one-party consent" state. This means that unless at least one of the parties to a conversation consents, both Texas and federal wiretapping laws make it a crime to record an audio conversation, either in person or over the phone, if the parties have a "reasonable expectation of privacy."Which of the following are proper ways to file an open records request with Txdot? ›
Written requests may also be mailed or delivered in person to our offices at 125 E. 11th St., Austin, TX 78701, or to the addresses listed on the district and division contact pages. Email requests will be accepted only through TxDOT_ORR@txdot.gov.What are considered public records in Texas? ›
This law gives you the right to inspect or copy government records. It applies to all Texas governmental bodies, and covers information collected, assembled, produced, or maintained in connection with transacting public business. Private businesses and individuals are not covered under the Act.What is the necessary use exception in Texas? ›
The “necessary use” exception applies when (1) the invitee, despite his awareness of the risk, must use an unreasonably dangerous premises condition, and (2) the premises owner should have anticipated that the invitee was unable to avoid the unreasonable risks associated with the condition.What are the exceptions to confidentiality in Texas? ›
Imminent danger to self or others, in which case staff contact medical and/or police personnel. Suspicion of abuse of children, the elderly, or persons with a disability, in which case staff contact the Texas Department of Family Services.How long do you have to respond to discovery requests in Texas? ›
(a) Time for response. The responding party must serve a written response on the requesting party within 30 days after service of the interrogatories , except that a defendant served with interrogatories before the defendant's answer is due need not respond until 50 days after service of the interrogatories .
You have a limited time to file your Answer.
In most cases, counting from the day you were served, you have 20 days plus until the following Monday, at 10 a.m. to file your Answer. Count all the calendar days including weekends and holidays. However, in some kind of cases, the Answer deadline is shorter than 20 days.
What is the deadline to file an answer in a family law case? If you have been served with a citation and petition, there is a 20-day deadline to file your answer. To determine the deadline, find the day you were served on a calendar, count out 20 more days (including weekends and holidays) then go to the next Monday.Are Texas public records free? ›
Some records are available for free while others require a fee payment, typically to offset the cost of physical copy production and administration. A public record is any information “assembled, produced, collected, or maintained as part of conducting Texas government business.”Do you have to pay for public records in Texas? ›
With limited exceptions, the governmental body can't charge for copying costs or overhead when records are inspected in person. Tex. Gov't Code §§ 552.271; 552.272.Are Texas court records available online? ›
Obtaining Court Records
Some counties have online search options for court records from the county, district, or probate courts. Some municipalities offer online access to court records for cases heard in municipal courts. Visit your county's or city's website to see if they offer online access.
In California, it is a misdemeanor to record a conversation without the consent of all parties to the conversation, which can lead to fines of up to $2,500 and/or imprisonment for up to a year.Can my neighbor record me on my property in Texas? ›
For the most part, your neighbor is legally allowed to have security cameras installed on their property, even if those cameras are aimed at your property. However, your neighbor does not have the right to record you or anyone else without consent in areas with reasonable expectation of privacy.Can I record a conversation if I feel threatened? ›
Illegal Recording Under the Wiretap Act
Under the federal Wiretap Act, it is illegal for any person to secretly record an oral, telephonic, or electronic communication that other parties to the communication reasonably expect to be private. (18 U.S.C. § 2511.)
- (512) 478-OPEN (6736)
- Toll-free at (877) OPEN TEX (673-6839)
(2) The inventory shall be maintained in a written, typewritten, or printed form. An inventory taken by use of an oral recording device must be promptly transcribed. (3) The inventory shall be kept in the pharmacy and shall be available for inspection for two years.
Yes, 911 calls are public records. However, state law determines what the information Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) may share with the public. Consequently, if you want to see the name, number, address, or personal information of the person who made a 911 call, you may need a court order.What is an example of a public record? ›
Examples of public records include: Birth records. Marriage records. Trial transcripts.What is Section 552.131 of the Texas Government Code? ›
Section 552.131 - Exception: Confidentiality of Certain Economic Development Information (a) Information is excepted from the requirements of Section 552.021 if the information relates to economic development negotiations involving a governmental body and a business prospect that the governmental body seeks to have ...Are Texas court records public? ›
Judicial records are open to the public unless exempt from disclosure, and where a respondent does not raise exemptions and the special committee cannot conclude any apply the records must be released.What are the 3 examples of exception? ›
There are three types of exception—the checked exception, the error and the runtime exception.Which exceptions need to be handled? ›
Exception handling is the process of responding to unwanted or unexpected events when a computer program runs. Exception handling deals with these events to avoid the program or system crashing, and without this process, exceptions would disrupt the normal operation of a program.Which exceptions are mandatory to handle? ›
Exceptions that require mandatory handling are called checked exceptions. The compiler will check that such exceptions are handled by the program. Suppose that some statement in the body of a subroutine can generate a checked exception, one that requires mandatory handling.What are the 3 exceptions to confidentiality? ›
Most of the mandatory exceptions to confidentiality are well known and understood. They include reporting child, elder and dependent adult abuse, and the so-called "duty to protect." However, there are other, lesserknown exceptions also required by law. Each will be presented in turn.What are 2 exceptions to consent within Texas? ›
An adult brother or sister of the minor. An adult aunt or uncle of the minor. An educational institution in which the child is enrolled that has received written authorization to consent from a person having the right to consent.What are two violations of confidentiality? ›
Here's some breach of confidentiality examples you could find yourself facing: Saving sensitive information on an unsecure computer that leaves the data accessible to others. Sharing employees' personal data, like payroll details, bank details, home addresses and medical records.
P. 92. A general denial of matters pleaded by the adverse party which are not required to be denied under oath, shall be sufficient to put the same in issue.What is the Rule 12 in Texas? ›
A party in a suit or proceeding pending in a court of this state may, by sworn written motion stating that he believes the suit or proceeding is being prosecuted or defended without authority, cause the attorney to be cited to appear before the court and show his authority to act.What is the Rule 196.1 in Texas? ›
Requests for inspection or entry let you examine physical evidence like documents, emails, and property from the other side. These requests must be specific and relevant to your case (Rule 196.1(b)). Discovery requests must be specific. The request must identify the particular evidence you are looking for.What is a Rule 202 petition in Texas? ›
TEXAS RULE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 202 provides for the taking of depositions prior to the filing of suit. Rule 202 specifies two scenarios where pre-suit depositions are proper: (1) to preserve witness testimony for an anticipated suit; or (2) to investigate a potential suit.What is the deadline to answer interrogatories in Texas? ›
The responding party must serve a written response on the requesting party within 30 days after service of the interrogatories, except that a defendant served with interrogatories before the defendant's answer is due need not respond until 50 days after service of the interrogatories.How long does a judge have to make a decision in Texas? ›
Not later than 30 days following the filing of the petition, except for good cause shown of record. Not later than 15 days following the adjudicatory hearing. The court may grant additional time in exceptional cases that require more complex evaluation.What is the rule 165a in Texas? ›
Rule 165a - Dismissal for Want of Prosecution 1. Failure to Appear. A case may be dismissed for want of prosecution on failure of any party seeking affirmative relief to appear for any hearing or trial of which the party had notice.What is Rule 297 in Texas Rules of Civil Procedure? ›
Rule 297. TIME TO FILE FINDINGS OF FACT & CONCLUSIONS OF LAWS
The court shall file its findings of fact and conclusions of law within twenty days after a timely request is filed. The court shall cause a copy of its findings and conclusions to be made to each party in the suit.
Rule 190.4. Discovery Control Plan - By Order (Level 3) (1999) (a) Application. The court must, on a party's motion, and may, on its own initiative, order that discovery be conducted in accordance with a discovery control plan tailored to the circumstances of the specific suit.What does the Texas Open Meetings Act apply to? ›
At its core, the Texas Open Meetings Act simply requires government entities to keep public business, well, open to the public.
This federal law is often called “FERPA.” Texas Government Code 552.026 and Texas Government Code 552.114. Personnel Records.Does Texas have open court records? ›
Judicial records are open to the public unless exempt from disclosure, and where a respondent does not raise exemptions and the special committee cannot conclude any apply the records must be released.What is Section 551.005 of the Texas Government Code? ›
Texas Government Code section 551.005 imposes a mandatory educational requirement on members of a governmental body subject to the Open Meetings Act.What is Section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code? ›
Section 551.074 - Personnel Matters; Closed Meeting (a) This chapter does not require a governmental body to conduct an open meeting: (1) to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or (2) to hear a complaint or charge against an ...What is Section 551.072 of the Texas Government Code? ›
A governmental body may conduct a closed meeting to deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.What records are public in Texas? ›
- Birth and death certificates.
- Marriage licenses.
- Court records.
- Tax records.
- Property records.
- Criminal records.
- And more.
Open Records Acts or Freedom of Information Acts
(FOIA) are laws that give you the right to access public documents, which means anything in possession of a public agency.
- (512) 478-OPEN (6736)
- Toll-free at (877) OPEN TEX (673-6839)
Some counties have online search options for court records from the county, district, or probate courts. Some municipalities offer online access to court records for cases heard in municipal courts. Visit your county's or city's website to see if they offer online access.What is the open courts provision in Texas? ›
The open courts provision of the Texas Constitution provides that: All courts shall be open, and every person for an injury done him, in his lands, goods, person or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law.
- Some court websites, especially federal and state appellate courts, give free public access to their dockets. ...
- LegalDockets.com has direct links to many federal, state & local court records databases.
- iDocket.com has records from dozens of Texas county courts.