SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – A lawsuit against Springfield Public Schools will continue after a judge denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit earlier this week.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit against SPS on Nov. 16 for alleged violations of the Sunshine Act. His office had previously requested public records from the school district regarding critical race theory.
The lawsuit filed Nov. 16 alleges that “Springfield Public Schools violated the law by requiring a deposit for items or services other than copies as a condition of making public records available to the Attorney General’s office.”
The original lawsuit asked the court to enter a judgment declaring that Springfield Public Schools violated the Sunshine Act, ordering Springfield Public Schools to release all relevant records to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and ordering $1,000 in civil penalties. for any knowing violation under the Sunshine Law. Law.
In January, a judge ruled that the lawsuit must be amended and resubmitted within 20 days. The attorney general’s office resubmitted an amended lawsuit on Feb. 16, according to Missouri court records. A lawyer representing SPS filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on February 28, but the motion was formally dismissed on Monday, according to court records.
The trial will continue with Monday’s ruling, although no new court date to consider it was announced Thursday.
For previous coverage of the lawsuit and statement from Springfield Public Schools, CLICK HERE.
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