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DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

DOUG ROSS: Have you noticed the environment is cleaner?

Back in 1980, I remember working for an entrepreneur who actually canned air in Gary in the 1970s. Needless to say, no one bought it.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am

State tells sheriff to speed up when public wants records

CROWN POINT | The state's public records watchdog is condemning the Lake County Sheriff's Department for not promptly providing an inventory of county-owned equipment to the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

September 25, 2014 7:15 pm
DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

DOUG ROSS: Public deserves access to HR report

Can you imagine paying an expert nearly $25,000 for advice and then not being able to see what that advice is? You'd be furious, right?

September 20, 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

Smith fails to appear on stalking charge

VALPARAISO | A hearing on whether former Valparaiso mayor candidate Scott Smith violated a no-contact order was not held Thursday because Smith failed to appear.

August 21, 2014 8:30 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

EDITORIAL: Board should admit error, vow to change

As the Indiana State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz continue to battle, rather than settle their differences, one point about a previous board tactic must not escape notice.

December 06, 2013 12:00 am
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

GUEST COMMENTARY: Reign of political error or political terror?

The current status of education policy and administration in Indiana, as professed by Republicans, can best be summed up by applying the apt title of Diane Ravitch's new book, "Reign of Error."

December 03, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Hoosier education board should heed friendly advice

MARC CHASE: Hoosier education board should heed friendly advice

Hoosier state education officials are providing quite the example these days for our children. It's a relief teachers -- not politicians -- are the ones dealing directly with our kids.

December 03, 2013 12:00 am
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

EDITORIAL: Bring transparency to State Board of Education

It would be wrong to focus only on the political angle in the Marion County judge's ruling Friday that ended Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz's lawsuit against the State Board of Education. There's a broader, yet ignored, issue involved here.

November 12, 2013 12:00 am

Hebron plan to hold email meeting canceled

HEBRON | The announcement the council planned to hold a potentially historic meeting on Friday had to be quickly withdrawn after town officials were notified the historic element also was illegal.

October 16, 2013 6:15 pm

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

Valparaiso School Board chided again for improper meeting notice

VALPARAISO | For the second time in about eight months, the Valparaiso School Board received a mild rebuke from the state's public access counselor for violating the open meetings law.

April 17, 2013 7:42 pm

New law imposes fines for denying access to public records

INDIANAPOLIS | Government officials who refuse to turn over documents requested by the public can be fined under a law signed Monday by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.

March 19, 2012 3:45 pm
EDITORIAL: Indiana public access laws close to gaining teeth

EDITORIAL: Indiana public access laws close to gaining teeth

Indiana received high marks Wednesday for state government transparency from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, but that's not the only good news. Transparency will be improved further because of state legislation approved this year to add penalties to the state's public access laws.

March 15, 2012 12:00 am
MARK KIESLING: Calling a meeting emergency doesn't really make it one

MARK KIESLING: Calling a meeting emergency doesn't really make it one

Don't hold me to this, but I think that it was Winston Churchill who said democracy is the worst form of government. He then qualified that by saying "except for all the others."

February 10, 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
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