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MO attorney general sues school board nonprofit for records

State Attorney General Eric Schmitt is suing the Missouri School Boards’ Association for records it is seeking.

In a news release, Schmitt’s office says the Missouri School Boards’ Association is subject to open records laws and he wants records about MSBA’s role in the National School Boards Association comparing rowdy parents at school board meetings to “domestic terrorists”. 

The statewide school board group is a private, nonprofit organization that pulled its membership from the national organization after that comment was made. 

Schmitt also wants records about MSBA’s guidance on race-based history, mask mandates and meeting policies for students with disabilities. 

MSBA Executive Director Melissa Randol says the lawsuit is a political stunt by Schmitt, who is running for U.S. Senate, and she says it is discouraging to see his state office being turned into an extension of his campaign.

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