Tue November 5, 2013
Judge Hears Arguments in Suit Pitting Indiana Schools Chief Against State School Board
An Indiana judge could decide by Friday whether state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's lawsuit against the other members of the State Board of Education may proceed.
Deputy Attorney General David Arthur argued Tuesday that Ritz could not file suit in her role as a state official without approval from the attorney general. But Ritz lawyer Michael Moore contends the suit should proceed because the state school superintendent has standing as a separate constitutional office.
Ritz claims the board members violated the state's open meetings law when they asked in a letter to legislative leaders that calculation of "A-F" school grades be conducted by the General Assembly's bill-drafting arm.
The board members say Ritz dragged her feet in releasing the grades and argue there was no meeting in violation of state law.
Ritz, a Democrat elected last November, has clashed with the board since taking office. A majority the board’s appointees are Republicans.