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MPS acted correctly in open records law challenge, appeals court rules

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A state appeals court says Milwaukee schools did the right thing by refusing to give a man public records about an employee he was ordered to stay away from -- and didn't.  

33-year-old Korry Ardell sued the state's largest school district, saying the Open Records Law is not supposed to consider a requester's identity in deciding whether to release records.  

The First District Court of Appeals in Milwaukee said the public's interest in protecting the employee clearly outweighed giving Ardell what he wanted -- records about the employee's sick leave, disciplinary actions, investigations, and more.  

MPS first told Ardell it would release what he wanted, with certain things blacked out -- but once officials contacted the subject of the records, they denied total access.  

The appellate court unanimously said Ardell's record puts him into a class of people, like prisoners and mental patients, who are denied the same access to public records that most people get.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)