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Lawsuit filed against MMSD over open records requests

MADISON (WKOW) — Lawyers for the Wisconsin Transparency Project have filed a lawsuit against the Madison Metropolitan School District over open records requests.

Wisconsin Transparency Project President and Founder Tom Kamenick says he sued MMSD on behalf of “John Doe,” who filed a number of open records requests over the last four months. The suit alleges MMSD insists John Doe identify themselves before it will turn over the records, but Kamenick says state law says requesters can remain anonymous.

According to the complaint filed Thursday, Doe filed the requests through a portal called muckrock.com. Doe asked for many different things: school improvement plans, weekly reports from MMSD to school board members, grant applications, diplomas granted to students not meeting academic performance criteria and many other requests.

Kamenick claims MMSD has denied all Doe’s requests for records because of his unwillingness to be identified.

A spokesperson from MMSD tells 27 News its legal team has not seen the lawsuit yet.

Dani Maxwell

Dani Maxwell is the Content Manager for 27 WKOW.

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