HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-041

John H. Bates Jr.
Requested Information
Under the Maryland public information act request, please provide me each decision on an enrollment hearing in the last 20 years in which HCPSS has determined whether a student should be granted eligibility under policy 9000, the race of the subject student, the determination of eligibility and what requirements, if any, were imposed on students who were denied eligibility ( including but not limited to whether separated spouses had to move in together for eligibility purposes.)
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, please find records attached 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 above from our Student Reassignment and Board Offices, demographics of students who have requested hearings and appeals, requirements imposed, and any specific circumstances of the case, 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. 

Responsive Documents
Student Reassignment Office Residency Hearings SY19, 20, 21 – This contains available data as tracked by our Student Reassignment Office and includes the number of student residency hearings conducted. Please note, this data is only available for the timeframe current staff has been in that office.
Board of Education Residency Appeals SY09 to 21 – This contains available data as tracked by our Board of Education Office and includes the outcome of residency case appeals since 2009. Please note, this data is only available since the Board began maintaining in SY2009.

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