U. of Wisconsin System to provide syllabi to NCTQ following settlement


Dive Summary:

  • The University of Wisconsin System will turn over syllabi from "core undergraduate education" courses taught in 2012 to The National Council on Teacher Quality following a settlement that will see the system paying the council $10,000 in attorney fees, damages and costs.
  • Previously, the UW System Board of Regents argued that the syllabi were copyrighted and not subject to the state's public records law, leading the council to sue in January.
  • The agreement between the two parties also states that the settlement isn't an admission of liability or of a public records violation on the UW System's part, and the NCTQ has promised not to directly quote any of the provided syllabi or to identify any specific UW school, department, instructor or course in its teacher training programs evaluation. 

From the article:

Wisconsin's public universities have agreed to turn over education course syllabuses to a nonprofit group reviewing teacher education programs nationwide. The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents had contended the course descriptions were copyrighted and not subject to disclosure under the state's public records law. The National Council on Teacher Quality disagreed and sued in January. ...

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