The Michigan Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear a case today regarding a disagreement between Howell Public Schools and its teachers union over the release of teachers' e-mails. Mackinac Center Senior Legal Analyst Patrick J. Wright filed a "friend of the court" brief in the case, explaining that the e-mails are public record and thus subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

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The case stems from a 2007 request by a private individual for about 5,500 e-mails between Howell Education Association union leaders and Howell teachers sent using school district computers. A Livingston County judge in late 2008 ruled that the e-mails are public record, which the union appealed.

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