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Zoeller seeks dismissal of Ritz education board suit

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 5:20 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is seeking the dismissal of the lawsuit that the state's Democratic schools chief filed against members of the State Board of Education.

Zoeller said Thursday his office must represent Superintendent Glenda Ritz in any lawsuit and he wants an out-of-court resolution. He also said he won't take sides in the fight.

Ritz alleged in a lawsuit filed earlier this week that 10 members of the state board violated Indiana's open meetings law when they removed calculation of school grades from her Department of Education.

The board members wrote in a letter last week that Ritz was dragging her feet in compiling the school grades. But Ritz's staff have said they do not have the data yet to issue the grades.