Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Investigation shows CVESD is hiding information
For years I've been trying to get Chula Vista Elementary School District to follow the law regarding release of public information.
At last I've got some help.
A non-profit law firm called Public Advocates examined twenty school districts in California and found that nineteen of them were ignoring the law. Public Advocates has threatened to sue CVESD and the seven other scofflaws who were most blatantlly out of compliance with the law.
Lowell Billings, Superintendent of CVESD, used the time-honored "I was unaware" excuse.
Right, Lowell. And you were unaware of my public records requests, too, I suppose.
"It's so blatantly out of compliance that it just drew our attention," said Guillermo Mayer, Public Advocates attorney.
But I still haven't found anyone to help find out how much CVESD has spent on lawyers.
San Diego County Office of Education Superintendent Randolph Ward has many good traits, but openness isn't one of them. Oakland Unified, the district he headed until he came to San Diego a year ago, has been sued by Public Advocates. Randy Ward has ignored the public records requests I have sent to SDCOE.