Parent takes Loudoun school administrators to court over alleged FOIA violations
Lansdowne parent Brian Davison took the Loudoun School Board and other Loudoun County Public School administrators to court April 23, claiming they failed to fill his Freedom of Information Act requests within five days, according to court documents.
Davison filed a request for a writ of mandamus April 3 and is representing himself in court.
He called multiple witnesses to the stand, including School Board members and the school district's public information officer.
The hearing was initially scheduled for April 14 but was pushed back when Davison failed to correctly indicate he planned to call any witnesses.
As of April 24, Davison has filed 65 FOIAs related to his belief that certain student test scores called Student Growth Percentile data should be released to the public.
He filed 12 of those requests Friday morning, according to Loudoun schools spokesperson Wayde Byard.
Of those, Loudoun County Public Schools have answered 52 as of Friday, Byard said.
Davison had filed a lawsuit against the Virginia Department of Education requiring them to release Loudoun student growth percentile data, which measures student growth over time.
Protest arose from school advocacy groups, school administrators and representatives of the VDOE over the release of teacher names with the data. The groups said it violated teacher's privacy.
The School Board has intervened in the ongoing case between Davison and the VDOE.
Since Davison first approached Loudoun schools about the data's release, he has spoken at many School Board public hearings and forums, and he has sent multiple emails to School Board members accusing them of lacking transparency and lying to the public.
“Once again, you failed to even follow basic FOIA rules by providing a response to each one. At each turn, I am simply asking for documents to demonstrate that your officials are lying in public,” Davison wrote in an email to board members and administrators. “So I must continue to issue detailed FOIA requests in an attempt to have you provide a modicum of transparency. At this rate, we may hit 250 by the end of the year. Or you could simply provide the information and we wouldn't have to conduct this interrogation via email.”
Davison's FOIAs have included requests for items like Loudoun school employee salary information and security investigations on Davison.
Judge Jeanette Irby of the Loudoun Circuit Court is scheduled to make a verdict on Davison's case against school leadership April 29 at 3 p.m.