Teacher Truancy FOIA

Having noticed that Richmond’s budget for substitute teachers looks to be increasing, despite an outrageous rate of teacher absences, I filed a FOIA request to see what our Superintendent is doing about the matter.  I got the following response (reformatted here to comport with WordPress):

Richmond Public Schools (RPS) received your follow-up request for records, which was submitted on February 7, 2017 via electronic mail. Your request consisted of the following:

 Summary records by school for the 2015-16 school year showing the number of teacher days and
the number of substitute teacher days; and
 Records since the beginning of Superintendent Bedden’s tenure that contain instructions or advice
to principals regarding the reduction of the number of substitute teacher days.


As provided by Virginia Code §2.2-3704(B), the request “a request for public records shall identify the requested records with reasonable specificity”. Please be more specific with regard to “Records since the beginning of Superintendent Bedden’s tenure the contain instructions or advice to principals regarding the reduction of the number of substitute teacher days”.

Please contact the Clerk of the School Board at (804) 780-7716 with any questions or concerns.

I guess they want me to sue them.