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Idea Public Schools v. Socorro Independent School District

Court of Appeals of Texas, Thirteenth District, Corpus Christi-Edinburg

January 9, 2020

IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Appellant,
v.
SOCORRO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, Appellee.

          On appeal from the 389th District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas.

          Before Justices Benavides, Longoria, and Hinojosa

          MEMORANDUM OPINION

          NORA L. LONGORIA JUSTICE.

         This is an appeal from the trial court's granting of appellee Socorro Independent School District's (Socorro ISD) petition for writ of mandamus and the denial of appellant IDEA Public School's (IDEA) plea to the jurisdiction. By three issues, IDEA argues that: (1) Socorro ISD's claims are moot; (2) the trial court erred in denying the plea to the jurisdiction because: (a) the trial court lacked jurisdiction over the claims brought by Socorro ISD, and (b) there is no private cause of action for alleged violations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and (3) if the trial court had jurisdiction, it erred in granting the mandamus because the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) did not apply to the underlying record request and IDEA was not required to seek an Attorney General (AG) determination in order to withhold the requested information. We reverse and render judgment dismissing Socorro ISD's claims.

         I. Background

         Socorro ISD is an independent school district that operates public elementary and secondary schools in the El Paso, Texas area. IDEA is a Texas nonprofit corporation that operates public school campuses throughout the state of Texas, including the El Paso, Texas area. In January 2018, Socorro ISD submitted a written request under the TPIA to IDEA for:

• A complete Student List of 2018-19 El Paso IDEA Public Schools Lottery selection to include the following information; and
• A complete list of students selected for admission to El Paso IDEA Public Schools for the 2018-2019 school year to include the following information:
1. Name
2. Grade
3. Address
4. Telephone #
5. Current School District Student Attending
6. Current School Student Attending

         IDEA denied the request outright, stating that the information was classified under FERPA. Socorro ISD submitted a subsequent request in March 2018, ...


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