I sent the following e-mail to Representative Robert Turner. I sent an identical e-mail to Senator Cathy Stepp. I will share with you their responses.
Dear Representative Robert Turner,
I am concerned about the process wherein the Racine Unified teachers contract will be ratified by their union and our elected school board members prior to the public having access to the information. My concern is that this arrangement undermines the democratic process, as it prevents concerned citizens from participating in the discussion of this most important of subjects. Furthermore, I believe that it is impossible to properly represent constituents if the constituents are denied access to the very information that they may wish to discuss with their representative. It is my understanding that this process is legal because of a loophole in the open records law.
Please correct me if my understanding of this process is mistaken. If my understanding is not mistaken, I would urge you to take the steps necessary to eliminate the loophole which is undermining the very essence of representative government. Thank you for your consideration.
P.S. I will be sharing your response on my blog, freeracine.blogspot.com., as I am sure that there are many who are similarly concerned.