ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools is shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to a parent after failing to hand over public records. Michelle Jenson filed her first request under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act in 2020, seeking enrollment numbers during the pandemic.

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She filed more requests in January and July of 2021 but never received the records or a response from APS. Under the Inspection of Public Records Act, the district has to hand over records within 15 days or give a legitimate reason why they can not fulfill the request.

Under a settlement reached this week, APS must release those records within five days and pay Jenson $40,000. It also requires the district to shore up its Inspection of Public Records Act procedures and make sure it has enough staff to respond to requests.