After Settlement, U of Wisconsin System To Turn Over Syllabuses To Nonprofit

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wisconsin's public universities have agreed to turn over education course syllabuses to a nonprofit group reviewing teacher education programs nationwide. The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents had contended the course descriptions were copyrighted and not subject to disclosure under the state's public records law. The National Council on Teacher Quality disagreed and sued in January. Under a settlement agreement approved this month, the UW System will provide the syllabuses for "core undergraduate education" courses taught in 2012 at the system's 12 universities, and will pay the council nearly $10,000 in attorney fees, damages and costs. The UW System will not charge location or copying fees for providing the records. The agreement provides that the payment is not an admission of liability or of a public records law violation. The plaintiff is represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a Milwaukee-based public interest law firm.

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