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Example – Open Records Request

Dear Officer for Public Records,
This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.

I respectfully request the following information:

District Policy.  Please provide all district policies on human sexuality education, puberty education, human growth and development, family life education, and maturation, including the adoption date and whether it was adopted by the school board or district administration with or without an official board vote.

Schedules.  Please provide copies of course schedules, instructors, listings, or other documents that reflect what courses required or elective are offered in your district schools that contain information  involving any human sexuality instruction.

Instructors. Please provide a list of all employees and outside speakers of human sexuality including names, organizations or affiliations.  Please provide a list of all employees that have been trained to teach human sexuality instruction.

Parental Notification.   Please provide copies of notification to parents about human sexuality instruction including but not limited to parent permission, opt-in, or opt-out forms used for human sexuality instruction, puberty education, human growth and development, family life education, and maturation at all grade levels.

Demonstrations. Please provide any documentation regarding the demonstration or distribution of contraceptives in your district including condoms.

Organizations.  Please provide a list of any organizations or other entities or resources provided to students for referrals regarding human sexuality related issues, including by school counselors.

Pregnant Students.  Please provide a copy of your policy regarding notification of parent(s) when a student says she is pregnant or thinks she is pregnant.

Counseling/Guidance Programs.  Please provide summary level of the content of each counseling and guidance program used in the school district including but not limited to Welcoming Schools,  Social Emotional Learning, Leader in Me, Trevor Romain, anti-bullying programs, and character education.  Please include schools and grades implementing each program and scope and sequence.

The Freedom of Information Act provides that if portions of a document are exempt, the remainder must be segregated and released. Therefore, I would appreciate your sending me all nonexempt portions of those records I have requested.

If you decide to withhold or delete any information, please let me know of your decision by referencing specific exemptions under the Act.  Under provisions of the Public Information Act, I reserve the right to appeal should you determine to withhold any information sought in my request.

Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to receiving your reply within 10 business days, as provided by law.

Draw the Line/Respect the Line · Lago Vista ISD

Lago Vista ISD teaches DTL/RTL!

According to an Open Records Request, DTL/RTL adopted in 2015 passed unanimously by the Board of Trustees.  Did the Trustees read the curriculum in detail or did they “rubber stamp” the SHAC recommendation?
DTL/RTL has been analyzed and found to exhibit 11/15 Harmful Elements of Comprehensive Sex Education.
Northeast ISD Parent Testimony –
Herman Uses a Condom lesson can be reviewed here – Herman


General · Get Real · Manor ISD · Mindfulness

2017 Manor ISD

Human Sexuality Instruction

Manor ISD has been teaching Scott & White Worth the Wait.  The handbook states that Worth the Wait will be taught, and the permission slips provided in an open records request show Worth the Wait.  However, this document indicates that Cardea Services will implement the WISE initiative and LifeWorks will provide Get Real Human Sexuality Instruction in the Middle and High Schools.


Manor ISD is listed among many Texas school districts as PureEdge districts.  The Manor ISD SHAC discussed PureEdge at the March 9, 2017 SHAC Meeting.

“V. PURE Edge Professional Development
SFSS Director Becky Lott provided an overview of the Pure Edge professional development, which was provided on February 20 to the majority of PE teachers, social workers, counselors, registrars, food services staff and others and again to parents on February 21, 2017.

Pure Edge, Inc. believes that all students deserve to be taught strategies to help combat stress and develop social, emotional, and academic learning competencies with an open heart and an open mind.

This purpose of this experiential training is intended to help educators practice research-based strategies to reduce stress, calm the mind and achieve focus.
The following was covered and well received by the participants.
•Opening: Journaling check-in, chair movement and breath
•Slide Set: Pure Edge’s Mindful Movement, Breath, and Rest
•Interactive Exercises and Guided Practice

The district will be expanding this professional development in the summer and fall of 2017 to additional educators.”

School Based Health Center

Manor ISD has a school based health center.

General · San Marcos Consolidated ISD

San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight

Tonight Mano Amiga will present a case to the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees Meeting to remove Naomi Narvaiz from the School Health Advisory Council.

Here is a basic timeline of events leading up to tonight:

Here is Mano Amiga’s latest post


It’s been a bewildering week.

Last Sunday, Ms. Naomi Narvaiz proclaimed in San Marcos Daily Record that she couldn’t figure out if Mano Amiga’s horrific gallery of posts gathered from her social media “may have been altered to fit their agenda.”

The very next day, Ms. Narvaiz re-tweeted a post, for all to see, from Patriot Front, the organization whose shirt & shield were donned by the racist killer in Charlottesville who mowed over protestors. To quote a later Daily Record article, “The group’s website name,, refers to a chant used by Nazis in Germany.”

Who accidentally tweets neo-Nazi content, much less while perched on a City’s Ethics Commission?
And when already the focus of widely publicized concerns about extremism in your social media posts, what does it say about, um, judgment?

Even San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides, who praised Narvaiz on the San Marcos Local News FB Group as “great on that [SHAC] or any committee” in August — insultingly, the very same morning as his vote for amicus in SB4 litigation — has walked away from that support.

Thomaides now tells Daily Record he has not endorsed any candidate for SHAC, a step in the right direction — but that seemingly stops right there.
This morning, Monday, marks one week since a San Marcos ethics commissioner, on Mayor Thomaides’ watch, posted neo-Nazi content on her social media.

In a confession on KVUE’s feature story Friday, Narvaiz acknowledges she did post neo-nazi content: “I thought it was kind of silly, and I retweeted it. Simple as that.”

In the intervening week, Mayor Thomaides has been silent.
His mug did grace the Daily Record’s front page Wednesday: he’s joined a Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate that pledges to “expressly reject extremism, white supremacy & all forms of bigotry.”

While Thomaides found time to get quoted on his Compact commitment, KVUE reports that Mayor Thomaides ducked “multiple attempts” over a two-day investigation to comment on the extremist, white supremacist & bigoted content now reported by numerous media outlets, including in Houston & San Antonio, with interest only growing.

San Marcos Cinema Club announced they will, at 11 AM today, deliver an L.A. Dodgers poster to Mayor Thomaides: acknowledging the Mayor has steadily dodged reporter’s inquiries into the inflammatory posts by his city’s Ethics Commissioner, as lamented by KVUE. (Cinema Club has a superb racial-justice baseball documentary coming in Lost River Film Fest…)


On behalf of Mano Amiga, we are prepared to embrace an idea proposed by Ms. Narvaiz herself during her KVUE confession:
“If we’re going to scrutinize one person out of 23 (Student Health Advisory Council members), let’s sit down, and look at everybody else’s records the same way and see.”

Indeed, to “RESET & RE-VET”is the most prudent choice forward for all concerned.

Despite his initial vote in favor of Narvaiz for SHAC, we seek to dispel rumors about School Board vice president John McGlothlin that he is a Narvaiz diehard, prepared to defend her no matter what horrendous things she posts.

On the contrary, we applaud Mr. McGlothlin for rightly clarifying on Twitter that “many folks are genuinely offended at Tweets & posts that are abhorrent” — we respectfully encourage Mr. McGlothlin to go one step further, in acknowledging the wholesale failure of the vetting process for SHAC, in which someone posting neo-Nazi content, among other types of hateful speech, managed to slip through.

Accordingly, we ask Mr. McGlothlin to embrace the call to “RESET & RE-VET.”

Four days before her September SHAC appointment, Ms. Narvaiz’s twitter had a post declaring “Deport All Illegals, including DREAMers”: severely threatening & traumatic advocacy against the very children whose mental & physical health she’s tasked with advising upon.

A ridiculous claim is this campaign is a “political witch hunt.” When we “RESET & RE-VET,” political stripe is not our guiding concern — rather, it would be vetting for things like excluding bullies who broadcast threats & hateful messages from serving on a committee tasked with preventing bullying & suicide prevention…

In fact, we’ve seen through La Otra Voz-San Marcos, Texas — the underground rag from the early 70s that chronicled Latinx struggles in San Marcos — that so-called liberal politicians aren’t always reliable advocates for racial justice. In that publication’s pages, campaign ads for George Bush accompany articles on community organizing & education.

And in the wake of our spectacularly failed election in Hays County in 2016 — whereby 1,816 votes went uncounted at the Government Center, allegedly due to “preventable human error” — Mano Amiga has observed that local right-wingers, (puzzlingly, much more than Democrats, who were the ones disproportionately affected by the uncounted votes!) including Ms. Narvaiz, have been at the forefront in calling for justice & election integrity. We’ve also been bowled over by the amount of correspondence from local Republicans the past few weeks: fair-minded individuals who are similarly troubled by the harm Narvaiz represents for our City & its children (& presumably their grand old party) through her extremist advocacy.

Rather than any political litmus test, when we “RESET & RE-VET” the SHAC, perhaps the guidelines of the Mayor’s Compact to Combat Hate would be an apt guideline on whom to exclude — as soon as that Mayor’s Compact actually starts taking effect…
(These are the views of Mano Amiga, & are in no way meant to try to represent the diverse views of this coalition calling for Narvaiz’s ouster from SHAC…)”


General · San Marcos Consolidated ISD

San Marcos CISD SHAC By Laws

After a few exchanges, San Marcos provided this version of SHAC By Laws.

Re: 9/21/2017 – San Marcos Open Records Request
Fernandez, Andrew <>
Tue 10/10/2017 1:32 PM
To:Deborah Simmons <>;
1 attachments (25 KB)
SMCISD Bylaws 10 2016.docx;
Attached are the bylaws.
Executive Director of Communications, San Marcos CISD
p: 512-393-6768
f: 512-393-6787
On Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 4:27 PM, Deborah Simmons <> wrote:
Thank you so much for the responses. I do not see the SHAC By Laws on the website nor attached to any of the email exchanges.
Does the SHAC have By Laws?
Thank you,
Deborah Simmons

General · San Marcos Consolidated ISD

San Marcos Campaign against Naomi Narvaiz appointment to SHAC

UPDATE: The Facebook event was deleted.  Here is the new link –

Naomi Narvaiz is being targeted for removal from the School Health Advisory Council in the San Marcos Consolidated ISD.  This type of campaign is highly unusual for a Citizen Committee that was presented, discussed, and approved by the Trustees of a School District.  What is going on in San Marcos that has invoked such hatred for a conservative community member?

The group Mano Amiga has posted attacks and launched a protest for the next School Board Meeting planned for October 16 in an attempt to have Narvaiz removed.

Last month, the Board of Trustees approved a group of applicants for their School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) — unfortunately, among them was Naomi Narvaiz, an extremist activist in Hays County, whose disturbingly fringe views, until now, were not fully known to the School Board.

Her personal Twitter account routinely broadcasts bigoted ideas — decrying the “Islamic infiltration” of the U.S., labeling transgender folks as suffering a “mental disorder,” claiming gay marriage harms kids & stems from “child rape,” advocating to “Deport all Dreamers,” depicting yoga as “witchcraft,” etc. — & we have faith that, upon a thorough review of her toxic worldview, our School Board will make the prudent choice of protecting SMCISD youth from her hateful ideas.

We invite you to convey your concern — that a person with such dangerously backward views would hold a position of power, with real consequences for our city’s children, many of whom are Muslim, from immigrant families, not heterosexual, believe in evolution or practice yoga — directly to the School Board, asking they swiftly remove her from SHAC:,,,,,,

At the School Board meeting, Mano Amiga will provide food for those who show up at 5:30PM.
Between now & then, we will steadily post images from the horrifying trove of Ms. Narvaiz’s public commentary via social media to underscore that she is empirically unfit for SHAC.

We invite supporters of this growing coalition of common cause — of immigrants & their loved ones, of Muslims, of yoga practicioners, of the LGBTQIA+ community — to make a poster for the School Board meeting that simply quotes one of Ms. Narvaiz’s outlandish public comments. There are so many; you are free, of course, to take your choice.”

General · San Marcos Consolidated ISD

20170918 – San Marcos ISD Board of Trustees Meeting

In August, San Marcos ISD Board of Trustees reviewed a list of SHAC appointees submitted by a Trustee that had taken the liberty of deleting one name and adding a few more.  The discussion was settled when they voted to reopen the application process until September 8 and postpone the appointment vote until the September Board meeting.  (More details can be found here.)

The following two videos were taken from the September 18 Meeting in which the Trustees discuss the SHAC appointment process in more detail and vote to approve a list.  The first video is the SHAC Update provided under the Academic Update from the District.  The second video is on the Item for Action “Consider Approval of Student Health Advisory Committee Members” on the Agenda –

A few notes from the discussion include:

  • The Trustees received recommendations to the SHAC By Laws regarding Wellness Policy, requirement for SHAC By Laws, SHAC members must be appointed by School Board, and goals and objectives of the SHAC.
  • The speaker references bills passed in the 2015 Legislative Session and policy recommendations by TASB, TEA, and DSHS.
  • San Marcos consulted eight districts regarding best practices including Hays, Seguin, Austin, and Navarro.
  • They found that some districts that they contacted do not have SHAC members appointed by the Board.
What process does your school district use for SHAC membership? Texas Education Code 28.004 requires that at least five members be appointed by the Trustees. While the intent of code may have been to create an appointed committee with at least five members, districts sometimes only have the trustees appointment five of the members of the SHAC. Many SHACs allow whoever shows up to vote on SHAC business. Ask your district for a copy of the SHAC By Laws. Make sure that your district is in compliance with TEC 28.004 and the districts SHAC By Laws.

Video –