HCPSS MPIA Request #2021-261

Requestor
Rachel Heimann
Organization/Agency
Institute for public service reporting
Requested Information
Records related to official correspondence, final decisions, final opinions/advisories (email or letter) between former Murray Hill MS Principal Donyall Dickey and the HCPSS Ethics Panel between 2007 and 2014 concerning Donyall Dickey's consulting company and/or the selling and marketing of "Educational Epiphany" and/or "Integrated Approach" material, including Dickey's book "The Integrated Approach to Student Achievement".
Date Received
Status
Complete
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, we are unable to respond as “all information regarding a Complaint filed with the Ethics Panel” is considered confidential by the Howard County Public School System Ethics Regulations (II)(E)(4), whose establishment is required in accordance with GP § 5-816. MPIA GP § 4-301(a)(2)(i) requires an agency to deny inspection of any part of a public record that would be contrary to State statute, and it is advised in the Fifteenth Edition of the Maryland Public Information Act Manual created by Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, that “a confidentiality provision in a local ordinance that is derived from a State statute can be a basis for denying access to records.” Even identification of existing records to be withheld would reveal confidential information as your request is seeking such records for one specific individual.