Lawsuit challenges rejection of open records request based on requester’s anonymity

A lawsuit announced Friday challenges the Madison School District’s decision to deny an open records request citing the unwillingness of the requester to identify themselves.

The suit alleges that the district is unlawfully insisting that the requester identify themselves before it will turn over records.

Tom Kamenick, President and Founder of the Wisconsin Transparency Project, is representing the requester. He said the law does not allow a request to be denied because the district cannot determine if releasing the records to the requester would be a security concern.