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El Paso school district holds up records over typo in public information request
Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012, 01:45PM CST
By Steve Miller
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A battle over open records continues between the El Paso Times and the  El Paso Independent School District.

Or is that bewteen?

The newspaper says it has sought preliminary results of a federal audit of the district via an open records request.

District officials sought a state Attorney General opinion, and lost the ruling in a Feb. 14 decision, according to the newspaper. The district and the U.S. Department of Education appealed the matter again last week, focusing on a four-page report of findings.

Not the accepted practice; once you lose at the AG’s office, you can’t go back.

But the two appealing bodies claim they have a reason, according to the Times, and for this we have to let the newspaper tell the story:

[The newspaper] asked for "any and all information provided to the U.S. Department of Education in response to its Dec. 7, 2010 request for information" and "any follow-up correspondence bewteen the district to the U.S. Department of Education."

In a letter mailed Thursday to the state's attorney general seeking to keep secret the preliminary audit results, Anthony Safi, the district's lawyer, excluded the word "between" in his characterization of the types of documents sought in the El Paso Times' open-records request.

Why?

District spokeswoman Renee de Santos defended Safi's characterization of the Times' request in his letter to the attorney general.
De Santos said in an email that technically Safi did not exclude the word "between" in his letter to the attorney general because "in fact, the word 'between' was not in the El Paso Times November 15 request for information."

De Santos pointed to the typographical error in the request that misspelled the word as "bewteen."

Safi did not return a call immediately.

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Contact Steve Miller at 832-303-9420 or stevemiller@texaswatchdog.org.

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Comments
Ma
Tuesday, 05/15/2012 - 06:46AM

..I just wish I could have spelled check their document..I could have won my $2 easy with that obvious error at www.TypoBounty.com

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