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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.
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.
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.
VALPARAISO | Jeff Good's name remains on the ballot for the GOP primary in May. For now.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers have a new person to call on when they need help navigating Indiana's complicated public 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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