Education board members ask Ritz to drop lawsuit
Post-Tribune staff report October 25, 2013 7:06PM
Tony Walker. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 27, 2013 6:14AM
Gary lawyer Tony Walker and three other members of the State Board of Education on Friday asked State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz to drop her lawsuit against the board and start working collaboratively with them.
Ritz sued 10 of the 11 board members on Monday, alleging those members violated the state’s Open Door Law by meeting in secret and drafting a letter requesting that the Legislative Services Agency take over the duties of computing schools’ A-F grades. House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long signed off on the request.
In an open letter on Friday, Walker, Troy Albert, David Freitas and Sarah O’Brien deny any secret meeting took place. The letter states they are a bipartisan board and “we don’t believe politics have any business in education.”
Ten members of the board were appointed by Gov. Mike Pence or his Republican predecessor Gov. Mitch Daniels.
The letter states the board is frustrated by requests to the Department of Education that go unanswered as well as missed deadlines on critical issues for schools.
“However, in the interest of our students — the future of our state — we are ready to set that aside and start over,” the letter stated. “It is time to get to work. We welcome your assistance on education policy, and we look forward to your response.”