- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The chairwoman of a legislative task force studying urban education says she doesn’t know if the open meetings law was broken when television reporters were denied access to a school tour.

Rep. Jessie Rodriguez said Tuesday that it was up to the Madison school district to decide whether to allow the WKOW-TV reporters into a high school to witness the tour. A public notice for the tour said that there may be a quorum of the task force present, but no official business would take place.

Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, says the reporters should not have been denied access.

District spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson says the district was not intending to deny access, it was trying to get student permissions to be filmed in line.


This story has been corrected to show legislative task force chairwoman’s last name is spelled “Rodriguez.”

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