In a case that raises questions about how long school districts must keep electronic records to avoid litigation, a Madison, Wis., district attorney is investigating whether the local school district's deletion of certain sensitive eMail messages was legal.

The electronic messages in question pertain to the controversy surrounding the school board's decision to prohibit students from saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Phillip Prange, an area Republican fund raiser, filed an open-records request asking that all the eMail sent to the Madison Metropolitan School District about the Pledge of Allegiance controversy

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