Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D – Taylor) today called on the Education Achievement Authority to respond to his May 20 FOIA request, which has been met by stall tactics including a 10-day extension that expired on June 13, 2013. The Freedom of Information Act requires that once a FOIA is received, only one 10-day extension may be submitted, and that the public body in question must provide a full response 10 days after submitting such an extension.
“While the fact that the EAA has not responded to my FOIA request is disappointing, it is certainly not surprising. Dysfunction is what we have come to expect from this Authority, which is tasked with making real progress in an already troubled school system,” said Senator Hopgood. “The EAA’s failure to respond to my simple request for information shows either their disregard for the law, their lack of competence to comply with it, or that they have much to hide in terms of attendance, safety and credible certification.”
On May 30, 2013, the EAA provided their first response to Senator Hopgood requesting an additional 10 business days to respond to the request, stating: “This office is issuing notice extending, by ten (10) business days, the time allowed for our response. Therefore, we will respond to your request no later than June 13, 2013.” Sen. Hopgood has yet to receive any further communications from the EAA.
Sen. Hopgood’s FOIA requested information from the EAA regarding past and current enrollment, number of students expelled and suspended, safety policies, results of a financial audit, certification of EAA’s administers, compliance with teacher requirements, EAA’s Human Capital Management System, and Michigan Department of Education reporting requirements for the Registry of Educational Personnel.