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Indiana education board meets for 1st time amid clash

– Indiana’s State Board of Education is meeting for the first time since a battle for control erupted in public.

Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz is set to lead Friday’s meeting. Ritz chairs the board, but sued the other 10 board members over control of the school grading system. The other members are all appointees of Republican Gov. Mike Pence and former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The other board members say Ritz has been dragging her feet calculating the “A-F” grades and asked the General Assembly’s bill-drafting arm to take over calculations last month. But Ritz claims in her lawsuit the group violated Indiana’s open meeting laws when they went around her with the request.

The fighting comes as the board is tasked with approving a new school-grading formula.