INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, is suing the board for which she is chairwoman.
Ritz’s office released information Tuesday indicating she was suing the State Board of Education over a letter she said was penned by the board in a meeting that was never advertised. Ritz was also unaware of the meeting.
The lawsuit accuses the board of violating the Open Door Law. Ten board members were involved in a letter written to two lawmakers asking them to have the Legislative Services Agency calculate 2012-2013 A-F grades for Indiana schools, according to Ritz.
The rankings have been delayed amid an overhaul of the formula that figured prominently in a grade-changing scandal involving former state schools chief Tony Bennett. The Associated Press reported Bennett overhauled the formula to ensure a charter school founded by a top Republican donor received an A.
Republicans say the education department is dragging its feet and that the delay is affecting teacher raises and other issues. Christy Denault, Communications director for Governor Pence released this statement Tuesday:
Governor Pence strongly supports the actions taken by the bipartisan membership of the State Board of Education to ensure the timely completion of last year’s A-F school accountability grades. The Governor is confident that all relevant Indiana laws were followed. Because teachers and schools depend on these letter grades for salary increases, performance bonuses and federal funding, the Governor will continue to work in good faith with the State Board of Education and the Indiana Department of Education to get the job done for our schools and our kids.
But Daniel Altman, Press Secretary for the Indiana Department of Education says, "we believe that Hoosiers want an accountability system that is fair accurate and transparent."
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