Lebanon Reporter

November 5, 2013

Judge hears from AG in Ritz-board of ed legal tilt

TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Marion County judge could decide by Friday whether School Superintendent Glenda Ritz's lawsuit against the other members of the State Board of Education may proceed.

Deputy Attorney General David Arthur told Judge Louis Rosenberg 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 argued 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 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.