Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has filed a lawsuit against the State Board of Education.
The lawsuit accuses the 10 members of the Board – all of whom were appointed by Republican governors – of violating state law in a secret effort to undermine her.
Ritz says that board members, who favor the education reform policies that she opposes, drafted a letter last week and sent it to GOP legislative leaders seeking to take the A-F school grading process out of the hands of Ritz's Department of Education. Ritz claims that violated the state’s Open Door Law since no public notice was given.
Republicans and the GOP-appointed education board have taken steps to weaken Ritz’s authority since she soundly defeated Republican School Superintendent Tony Bennett.
The suit asks the court to prevent board members from meeting secretly and to prevent the Legislative Services Agency from working on the A-F grades. The Department of Education is using in-house attorneys for the lawsuit.