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Indiana education board members ask Ritz to drop lawsuit

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Friday, October 25, 2013 - 5:42 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — Four members of the State Board of Education are asking Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz to drop her lawsuit against them.

Board members Troy Albert, David Freitas, Sarah O'Brien, and Tony Walker said Friday they want to repair their relationship with Ritz. Walker filed a motion earlier this week seeking dismissal of the lawsuit.

Ritz alleges the other members of the state board violated Indiana's open meetings law by taking action outside a public meeting last week. The board members asked legislative bill drafters to take over calculation of "A-F" school grades from the Department of Education.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a motion Thursday deeming the lawsuit "invalid" because only his office can determine who represents state officials in court.