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Democrat lawsuit alleges state school board violation of open meetings law

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A Democratic elections lawyer is suing the State Board of Education for allegedly violating the state's open meetings law.

Bill Groth alleges the 10 gubernatorial appointees on the board held a serial meeting when they emailed plans in October to move calculation of the state's school grades to a legislative department.

Groth filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of four plaintiffs including a former Lafayette schools superintendent.

Indiana's public access counselor determined last month the board didn't violate the open meetings law but had come close to doing so.

A Marion County judge dismissed a similar lawsuit filed by Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz, ruling she must have approval from the attorney general before suing other state officials.