Attorney John D. Osinga Hosts Seminar on Wisconsin Open Records Law

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Attorney John D. Osinga schedules seminar on Wisconsin’s Open Records Law as it relates to the operations of local school districts and to shed light on what is happening in schools that is out of sight of the public.

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Attorney John D. Osinga

My goal with this 1.5-hour seminar, including a thirty-minute Q&A, is that attendees will gain a better sense of what may be happening in public schools that is out of the public eye.

John D. Osinga, founder of Osinga Law Offices, S.C., in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his law office, will be hosting a public seminar focusing on how the use of Wisconsin’s Open Records Law can shed light on the operations of public school districts. The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Radisson Milwaukee West, 2303 North Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI.

“My goal with this 1.5-hour seminar, including a thirty-minute Q&A, is that attendees will gain a better sense of what may be happening in public schools that is out of the public eye,” said Osinga.

Osinga’s informative presentation will be illustrated by the public records and sworn testimony from an open records case he initiated in 2015 (Case No. 15-CV-004759 filed in the Circuit Court of Milwaukee County). The case was brought against the Wauwatosa School District where Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker sent his children. In this case, according to court documents, the court found that the Wauwatosa School District committed multiple violations of the Open Records Law. As a result of the decision, the district paid $25,000 toward Osinga’s attorney fees.

“My presentation will show how a persistent use of public record requests is a valuable tool to shed light on public school dysfunction,” added Osinga. “The seminar is open to the public and will be of special interest to area parents, students and teachers. Additionally, local school board candidates competing in the upcoming spring election could find the seminar instructive before assuming their duties after the election.”

Questions raised at the seminar will include, With the freedoms granted to school districts by Act 10 are they wisely using tax dollars to enhance student learning? Have the student privacy restrictions on school records become a means to shield school administrators from accountability? Are policies that address student bullying being enforced differently when teachers or administrators are involved? Are school board members asking enough probing questions of their school administrators regarding school district operations?

Those interested in attending the seminar can email osingalawseminars(at)gmail(dot)com and furnish the names and numbers of people who will be attending.

About John D. Osinga, Osinga Law Offices, S.C.
John D. Osinga is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and its sections on real property, probate and trust, litigation and elder law. For more information, please call (262) 717-9020, or visit The law office is located at 13500 Capitol Drive, Suite 201, Brookfield, WI 53005.

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