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State ed chief sues over shift in school grade calculation

Published On: Oct 22 2013 04:05:52 PM CDT
Glenda Ritz

Indiana State Superintendent of Schools Glenda Ritz 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -

Schools chief Glenda Ritz says the State Board of Education violated Indiana law by secretly moving to have legislative analysts calculate A-F grades for schools instead of her department.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that the board violated the Open Door Law last week when it asked top Republican lawmakers to have the Legislative Services Agency calculate the grades for 2012-2013.

The rankings have been delayed amid an overhaul of the formula that figured prominently in a grade-changing scandal involving former state schools chief Tony Bennett. The Associated Press reported Bennett overhauled the formula to ensure a charter school founded by a top Republican donor received an A.

Republicans say the education department is dragging its feet and that the delay is affecting teacher raises and other issues.