By Ashley Oglesby
Former Editor-in-Chief, David Schick, wrote an “open letter” to the University System of Georgia yesterday warning “you ain’t seen nothing yet” if they don’t comply with open records requests he made last year.
It’s fair to say that I’m frustrated.
Last May, I started investigating Georgia Perimeter College’s $16 million shortfall by submitting a series of Georgia Open Records Act requests. You were initially generous and complied with the requests for free. When I submitted the fourth GORA request on July 18, 2012, you quoted me a price of $2,963. After months of negotiating, we finally came to an agreement to lower the initial cost to $291 — albeit through the threat of litigation.
I’m not sure why it was so high to begin with. After all, I was only requesting emails. Nevertheless, you finally began providing the requested documents in December 2012. As of this letter, you’re claiming that all the documents have been provided to me. This is just not true. A quick perusal of what I’ve received compared to the original request shows that there is a significant number of records missing.
Additionally, he released all the email records he’s been provided thus far.
Click to download response one (roughly 3,500 pages).
Click to download response two (roughly 2,500 pages).