The Speed Of Transparency In NC Records Requests

The speed of return on public records requests to various agencies was tested by WRAL. One of the agencies was NC’s Department of Public Instruction:

One of the fastest initial responses came from Vanessa Jeter, communication director for state Superintendent June Atkinson. One minute after receiving WRAL’s public records request by email, Jeter called the reporter. She then sent a follow-up email later that day to acknowledge she had received the request and was “pulling the items you require.”

On Feb. 24, 15 days after receiving the request, Jeter provided WRAL with 89 pages of Atkinson’s travel records, including reimbursement and travel authorization forms, hotel and parking receipts and credit card statements.

That’s interesting.

I have multiple outstanding requests to DPI, some of which are now passing the 6 month mark, like my request in August 2014 for the funding documentation for the Common Core SBAC field test given in Spring 2014.

Another I sent asked for the changes to the Common Core Unpacking documents goes back to November 21, 2014. I even touched base last month and still have not received these items.

On January 18th, 2015, I requested the raw data from the Common Core Teacher surveys. No response at all.

Today, I asked for information on the author of the Common Core unpacking documents being used by Wake County Schools. We’ll see how long that takes…


About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips:
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