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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Four Hoosiers filed suit Wednesday over an alleged Open Door violation by the Indiana State Board of Education"

Updating earlier ILB entries, Niki Kelly reports today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

The group narrowly lost a ruling on the issue by the Indiana public access counselor, and now is taking the case to a judge. * * *

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz initially filed the same case but it was dismissed on a legal technicality and a court did not rule on the suit’s merits.

The lawsuit centers on a letter the State Board of Education sent in October asking legislative leaders to intervene in a dispute over issuing A-F school accountability grades.

The letter was not discussed in an open meeting of the board. It was drafted by staff of the administratively created Center for Education and Career Innovation and emailed around.

All members of the board – except Ritz – signed on. She was not included in the email chain as chair of the panel.

The lawsuit alleges that the letter constituted “official action” by the board and was done outside of an open meeting with notice to the public.

“The aforementioned actions, as well as other actions that may subsequently come to light through discovery, violated both the letter and the spirit of the (Open Door Law),” the suit said.

ILB: A copy of the complaint may be added shortly.

Here it is, the 15-page complaint (including exhibits), filed in Marion Superior Court. Judge Ayers will be presiding.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 5, 2013 09:25 AM
Posted to Indiana Government