Wednesday, October 23, 2013

When School Officials Sue School Officials

The lion's share of education law cases involve students, teachers, and organizations suing school officials.  Courts are often reluctant to engage in these cases, with school discipline being the prime example.  I, of course, argue that our nation, as well as our schools, are bound by the rule of law.  Thus, when constitutional and statutory rights are at risk, courts must engage in a full good faith analysis of the issues.  

Yesterday brought news of Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, filing suit against the state board of education.  She argues that Governor Mike Pence is attempting to strip her of constitutional authority as chair of the state board of education by encouraging the state board to hold secret meetings without her.  Doing so, she argues, violates the state's open meetings law.  The underlying substance of those meetings involves changing the quality rating system for the state's schools, a significant issue, of course.

I will keep you posted on the courts' receptivity to her claims.

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