U of Wisconsin Regents Sued Over Access To Education School Materials

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Monday, January 30, 2012

A nonprofit that's conducting a controversial review of teacher education schools is suing the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents for access to course syllabuses, according to a complaint filed this week.

The National Council on Teacher Quality, a research and advocacy group headquartered in Washington, is suing the board for not complying with information requests the organization made in November under Wisconsin's open records law.

About 150 public institutions that train teachers are resisting the independent review by the council, but Wisconsin is the first state the nonprofit has sued on the basis of open records violations.

The complaint, filed Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, contends that syllabuses requested from UW schools of education are public records subject to disclosure under the state law.

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