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Open Door Law settlement

Open Door Law settlement

In this settlement agreement, the Indiana State Board of Education refused to admit it was wrong to hold a meeting via email but agreed to pay the plaintiff's legal expenses.

September 10, 2014 12:00 am
State Board of Education settles illegal meeting claim

State Board of Education settles illegal meeting claim

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education has agreed — without admitting misconduct — to settle a lawsuit alleging it held an illegal meeting Oct. 16 when board members privately drafted and approved a letter via email requesting legislative assistance in calculating 2012-13 school grades.

September 03, 2014 6:30 pm Related
Trial to determine if State Board of Education conducted illegal meeting

Trial to determine if State Board of Education conducted illegal meeting

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education is back in legal hot water after a Marion County judge ruled last week a trial is needed to determine whether the board conducted an illegal meeting.

July 29, 2014 5:27 pm Related

Board upholds Good's place on May GOP ballot

VALPARAISO | Jeff Good's name remains on the ballot for the GOP primary in May. For now.

February 18, 2014 2:28 pm
State Board of Education sued again

State Board of Education sued again

INDIANAPOLIS | A judge may yet decide if the Republican-appointed State Board of Education held an illegal meeting Oct. 16 when members drafted and approved a letter via email requesting legislative assistance in calculating 2012-13 school grades.

December 06, 2013 1:57 pm Related
Mediator unable to resolve conflicts between Ritz, State Board of Education

Mediator unable to resolve conflicts between Ritz, State Board of Education

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-appointed State Board of Education and its chairwoman Glenda Ritz, the elected Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, met Wednesday with a mediator trying to resolve the procedural, policy and personal conflicts that have turned recent board meet…

December 04, 2013 1:40 pm Related
Watchdog growls at officials using email to discuss policy

Watchdog growls at officials using email to discuss policy

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's open meetings watchdog is warning state and local government officials that using email to discuss public policy issues among themselves can appear improper, even though the practice is not necessarily prohibited by law.

December 02, 2013 5:08 pm Related

Ritz fights with education group

INDIANAPOLIS | After working together Wednesday to adopt a new framework for grading schools, the State Board of Education dissolved into chaos when its chairwoman, Glenda Ritz, abruptly adjourned the meeting and board members attempted to carry on without her.

November 13, 2013 3:56 pm
Judge dismisses Ritz lawsuit against State Board of Education

Judge dismisses Ritz lawsuit against State Board of Education

INDIANAPOLIS | A Marion County judge ruled Friday that Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, cannot use her Department of Education attorneys to sue the Republican-appointed State Board of Education.

November 08, 2013 4:30 pm Related
Judge weighs whether to toss Ritz lawsuit

Judge weighs whether to toss Ritz lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS | A judge is likely to rule Friday on Attorney General Greg Zoeller's request to throw out the lawsuit state schools chief Glenda Ritz filed last month against the State Board of Education.

November 05, 2013 6:15 pm Related

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Walker fights Ritz lawsuit against state school board

Walker fights Ritz lawsuit against state school board

INDIANAPOLIS | A Merrillville attorney has asked a judge to throw out the lawsuit filed Tuesday by State Superintendent Glenda Ritz against Tony Walker, of Gary, a member of the State Board of Education.

October 23, 2013 9:19 pm Photos

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Pence appoints new public access counselor

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers have a new person to call on when they need help navigating Indiana's complicated public access laws.

August 22, 2013 12:30 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Keep barking for teeth in access laws

Indiana's Open Door Law and Access to Public Records Act need teeth, but the Senate leadership is barking up the wrong tree.

February 23, 2012 12:00 am

State finds Ogden Dunes' deer cull meeting in violation of Open Door Law

INDIANAPOLIS | A state official said the Ogden Dunes Town Council violated the Indiana Open Door Law when it held an emergency meeting Jan. 23 to suspend a hotly debated deer cull.

February 06, 2012 6:30 pm

Former Ogden Dunes councilman questions legality of meeting

OGDEN DUNES | Former Ogden Dunes Town Councilman Eric Kurtz believes the Town Council violated the Indiana Open Door Law by holding a meeting Monday afternoon without appropriate notification.

January 25, 2012 12:00 am

Public access laws explained at seminar

MERRILLVILLE | Local elected officials, police officers and residents were among those who received a better understanding of the state's open meetings and open records laws Wednesday.

May 18, 2011 4:17 pm

EDITORIAL: Put an end to secret meetings

East Chicago, the Foundations of East Chicago and the Indiana attorney general's office have been involved for years in a three-way taffy pull over casino funds. That's what made the secret meeting last week so disturbing.

April 14, 2011 12:00 am

GUEST EDITORIAL: Put teeth in public access laws

Indiana's laws governing public access to government meetings and records are strict and solid. They have substance and are built on principle. But there is something they lack -- teeth.

February 15, 2011 12:00 am

Access counselor reaffirms opinion that waste district meeting followed the law

Since 10 solid waste district board members were not an officially appointed board committee, no open meetings laws were violated during their closed Sept. 23 gathering, the state's access counselor said Tuesday.

November 10, 2010 12:00 am
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