Public Records Final Exam
Public Records Final Exam
Texas Government Code, _________, gives citizens the right to access records at various levels of Texas government, without having to declare a purpose in doing so.
The ________________________________ legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted, __________________________________ show how to make a public records request in this state.
- Texas FOIA procedures, Texas Open Meetings Act
- Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas FOIA procedures
The law states that a meeting is any ____________________________ of the members of a public body with the intention of deliberating and deciding on public policy.
- gathering of 50%,
- gathering of 70%,
- gathering of a quorum
The legislature is included in the Texas Open Meetings Act and is prohibited from holding secret meetings of the legislature.
A government body must keep minutes of every meeting, including all subjects discussed and all votes taken. These minutes are considered public records and must be made available to the public.
A person attending the meeting as an audience member is NOT allowed to record all or any part of a governmental body's open meeting, using either audio or video recording equipment.
The governmental body must provide _______________________________ including an agenda for all public meetings so as to allow the public to participate in discussions.
- 48 hours notice
- 64 hours notice
- 72 hours notice
An executive session is sometimes called a ___________________________ or an _____________________________ .
- closed meeting
- open meeting
- in camera session
- off camera session
Why are executive sessions beneficial for board members? (Check all that apply.)
- the board needs time alone to strengthen relationships and communication among board members and with the chief executive
- board members need an opportunity to get to know and trust each other, personally and collectively
- the board needs to demonstrate and exercise its independence from the chief executive
- the board has a responsibility to maintain confidentiality to protect the organization
All closed sessions must have a certified agenda and record the entirety of the meeting using audio recording equipment. The record must be retained for ___________________ and made available to the courts should a trial come about because of the meeting.
- 6 months
- 12 months
- 2 years
- 5 years
What year was the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted?
Some agencies that have a backlog of FOIA requests blame __________________________ for the long wait times.
- excess of FOIA requests
- the lack of resources
The reason that a requester has for asking for public records must be taken into consideration.
If a governmental body plans to make information available, a public information officer must either make it available ________________________ or certify that it cannot produce the information but estimate when it will be able to release the information.
- within 5 days
- within 10 days
- within 20 days
Parents are required to have access to _________ written records that concern the parent's child, under Texas law. This means that, regardless of the content of the records, a school must give a parent access to the record.
Federal law protects the privacy of student records in schools that receive federal funding. Most state laws addressing the confidentiality of school records _________________________________.
- restricts access to parents
- allows access to parents
The Secretary of Education has the authority to withhold all federal funding to institutions that do not make school records available to a student's parents.
The Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) places restrictions on releasing basic private information such as _____________________ _________________________________________________ . (Check all that apply)
- Address, phone number, Social Security number
- Salary, stipends, position, years of experience, deductions, 403b
- Transcripts, credentials
Private health information protected by law includes the following: (Check all that apply)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Dental Records
- Immunization Records
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
A 'privilege' justifies communications between principals who have a common interest in an educator’s abilities when one principal reasonably believes that facts exist that the other principal needs to know.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, protects the privacy of student educational records and assures parental access to those records.
Section 552.024 of the Texas Government Code requires a process by which an employee be given ___________________ to choose not to have address, phone number, social security number and family information disclosed.
- 7 days
- 10 days
- 14 days
- 30 days
A parent is entitled to a copy of all written records of their child, including even the scoring sheets from a daughter’s cheerleading tryouts at her high school?
Describing the Boeing ruling, which put many government contracts with private business off limits to public view, Senator Kirk Watson-D, said the court’s decision created _______________________ in the public records law.
- “a big loophole”
- more easy access
Justin Gordon, the Open Records Division Chief at the Texas Attorney General’s office, reported the attorney general’s office saw roughly _______________ in 2016 in which third-party entities withheld information using the Boeing decision.
- 200 cases
- 400 cases
- 600 cases
- 1000 cases
Two state Supreme Court decisions in 2015 known as the _______________________ ruling and the _______________________ ruling. Both rulings have put many government financial records off limits to citizens. (Check the two that apply)
- Greater Houston Partnership
Senate Bill 407 and House Bill 792 address the _____________________________, while Senate Bill 408 and House Bill 793 address the __________________________________ .
- Greater Houston Partnership ruling, Boeing Decision
- Boeing Decision, Greater Houston Partnership ruling.