Teachers Union E-mail

By: AP
By: AP

The Michigan Supreme Court won't take an appeal in a dispute over whether e-mail is public if written on a school computer.
The state appeals court has ruled that e-mail written on Howell computers by members of the teachers' union is not public. The Supreme Court refused to take the case in a 4-3 decision released Thursday. Conservative justices wanted to hear it.
A lawsuit was filed after the Howell school district received a request for e-mail under the Freedom of Information Act. In 2007, a Livingston County judge ruled in favor of openness, but the appeals court later said no.
The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is a frequent critic of unions and says it hopes the Supreme Court will reconsider its decision when conservatives are back in the majority in January.


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  • by Chad Location: Jackson on Jan 31, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    This article is interesting from a financial perspective because school have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars making sure that they have archival solutions in place for their email systems because they were told that email was subject to FOIA laws. In addition, we were lead to believe that any email regarding students was subject as an official record. If email is not subject to FOIA, schools across the state could save a lot of money by eliminating their email archiving solutions.
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