The Dane County, Wis., controversy over the deletion of thousands of eMail messages from members of the public voicing opinions about whether the school board should prohibit students from saying the Pledge of Allegiance (story, page 8) raises some serious issues with respect to how school districts that are web-savvy and internet-connected deal with the eMail they receive.

When one member of the public requested copies of the eMail files under the Wisconsin open-records law, he was informed that the school district had deleted most of the eMail records, ostensibly because the records were


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