HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-060

Julian Baron
Fox45 News
Requested Information
Under the Maryland Public Information Act, Fox45 in Baltimore, MD, is requesting:
- All public records relating to training programs, instructional material, or academic assignments regarding equity, social justice, and/or critical race theory provided to school system employees and/or students since January 1, 2019.
Date Received
Response Notes

Beyond the records provided below, additional clarification would be needed to continue request.

Responsive Documents
This folder contains materials used by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for presentations not included in the responses above regarding equity. Exemptions found within these records include:
o Under MPIA GP § 4-330, we have redacted sociological information where it contains race, gender, age, religious preference, sexual orientation, and similar information identifying an individual’s protected class status and/or has the potential to pose a risk to individual safety or privacy.
o Under 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, we have redacted a link to an internal student presentation that could reveal individual student information.
This folder contains available catalogs not included in the responses above which outline continuing professional development courses offered by HCPSS (approved by the Maryland State Department of Education), which are available to staff based on interest and needs for recertification, including courses on Cultural Proficiency and others which may address equity.
This folder contains course descriptions for professional learning tracked internally which is able to be keyword searched for the referenced terms. Please note, this includes courses from our current centralized professional learning system - which only extends back to SY2019-2020 - similar to professional learning courses from SY2020-2021 provided in the responses above. These courses are not available for SY2021-2022 at this time.
This document, similar to the record noted above under MPIA 2021-130 for SY2020-2021, contains staff training expectations leading up to the opening of the 2022 school year including countywide professional learning to support Systemic Equity Work.

*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.