BREAKING: ECOT Sues State Board, Violation of Open Meetings Act
By: Cyndy Rees
BREAKING: The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) has filed a lawsuit in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court against the Ohio State Board of Education (BOE) citing violation of Ohio's Open Meetings Act.
The complaint cites the following violations:
The complaint argues that the Board of Education's actions as well as others taken related to the vote are a violation of the Open Meetings Act. Therefore the BOE vote in favor of a resolution adopting the hearing officer's report and recommendation is invalid as a matter of law. ECOT is seeking injunctive relief precluding the enforcement of the boards actions.
Rick Teeters, Superintendent of ECOT shared his thoughts regarding the lawsuit with 3rd Rail Politics:
"I have been a school administrator for 23 years in three different school systems, and have attended 23 years of school board meetings. I have never seen the public show up, fill out the proper paper work and been denied the opportunity to speak on any issue, whether it was a land purchase issue or coach of the sports team, especially one of this magnitude. I have never seen any board fail to hear the public on any issue when they follow the boards rules and complete the proper paperwork."
A message was left for Senate Education Chairwoman and non-voting State School Board Member Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) but no response was received at the time of this publication.
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