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Court allows education board lawsuit to proceed

– A Marion County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed against members of the State Board of Education that alleges public access violations.

Marion County Judge Cynthia Ayers denied the state’s request that the case be dismissed on questions of whether the plaintiffs had standing. Democratic lawyer Bill Groth said Tuesday he hopes to continue with discovery in the case.

At question is whether board members violated Indiana’s open meetings laws by circulating a letter seeking changes in who calculates the state’s “A-F” school grades.

The suit mirrors a challenge state Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz filed last year against board members. A Marion County judge dismissed that challenge on the grounds that she could not file a challenge without the approval of the state attorney general’s office.

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