- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A state judge has voided a closed door vote by the Rhode Island Board of Education dealing with the state’s new testing requirement for high school seniors.

Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Luis Matos, in his Friday ruling, declared that the board violated the state’s open meetings law when it met in executive session Sept. 9 to discuss a petition asking the board to reconsider using the New England Common Assessment Program as a graduation requirement.

He ordered the board to publicly discuss and vote on the matter again within 30 days.

The Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union had filed a suit alleging the open meetings violation. The organization and others had filed the NECAP petition.

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