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Dem lawsuit alleges school board meeting violation

December 4, 2013

A Democratic elections lawyer is suing the State Board of Education for allegedly violating Indiana's open meetings law.

Bill Groth alleges the 10 gubernatorial appointees on the board held a serial meeting when they emailed plans in October to move calculation of the state's school grades to a legislative department.

Groth filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of four plaintiffs, including a former Lafayette schools superintendent.

Indiana's public access counselor determined last month the board didn't violate the open meetings law but had come close to doing so.

A Marion County judge dismissed a similar lawsuit filed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, ruling she must have approval from the attorney general before suing other state officials.

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