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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Faces Pressure to Open Up

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), a 114-year old institution that sanctions high school athletics and runs post-season state championship tournaments, is coming under pressure to open up and abide by state open government laws.

A proposed law is moving through the state Assembly that would prohibit school districts from belonging to an interscholastic athletic association unless the association abides by state open records and meetings laws. The measure would force the WIAA to either grant access or lose members.

The WIAA maintains it is a private organization and not subject to state open records laws.

For more on the dispute between the WIAA and a local judge and longtime track official that lead to the proposed legislation, click here.

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