HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-030

Carla Rhodes
Requested Information
I am requesting the following data regarding HCPSS: For the previous five years, the racial make-up of each individual school in the system; the total number of students granted and denied reassignment to requested schools; the racial identities of students denied or granted reassignment; the percentage of white students granted or denied reassignments; and the racial identities of students granted or denied reassignment for each and every school.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, please see available data below. Please note, under the MPIA process, and as advised in the Fifteenth Edition of the Maryland Public Information Act Manual created by Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, an agency is only obligated to produce existing records and is not required to generate new data or summarize data. Outside the charts provided below from our Student Reassignment Office, demographics of students who have requested reassignment, the schools they attend, and the grant/denial status of each request is maintained within individual student records, which would require access to and review of private student files, which are exempt from disclosure under both the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which restricts access to student records, and MPIA GP § 4-313, which prevents disclosure of school district records pertaining to individual students. The same is true for the reason for a denial, as well as associated reasons in instances of reassignments that were initially rejected then granted after an appeal – none of which is tracked as data outside the individual student files.

Responsive Documents
This contains available data as tracked by our Student Reassignment Office and includes the number of student requests for reassignment by reason received. Please note, this data is only available for the timeframe current staff has been in that office.

*Some request language is summarized to include the requester's specific document requests and legally protected information (such as personally identifiable information of a student) or personal, defamatory and malicious content removed at the discretion of the school system.

**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.

***Howard County Public Schools reserves the right to remove erroneous or outdated documents from this site.