Tony Bennett http://wfpl.org en Settlement Approved in Ethics Case Against Former Indiana Schools Chief http://wfpl.org/post/settlement-approved-ethics-case-against-former-indiana-schools-chief <p>Indiana's State Ethics Commission has approved a $5,000 fine against former state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources in his 2012 campaign. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Investigators found that Bennett's state and campaign staffs coordinated his calendar at his Statehouse office and that campaign lists were downloaded to state computers after his November, 2012 election loss.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:08:35 +0000 Tom LoBianco | Associated Press 9742 at http://wfpl.org Settlement Approved in Ethics Case Against Former Indiana Schools Chief Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F' http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-charter-school-heart-grade-change-flap-drops-f <p>INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis charter school at the center of Indiana's grade-changing scandal has dropped from an "A'' to an "F'' in newly released school grades.</p><p>The Christel House Academy benefited last year from grading changes made by former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett. But grades released for the 2012-2013 school year showed a precipitous drop for the school founded by top GOP donor Christel DeHaan.</p><p>The grades are used to determine a range of important funding issues. The State Board of Education approved the grades at its meeting Friday.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:01:43 +0000 Tom LoBianco | Associated Press 7970 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F' Former Indiana Schools Chief Takes Job With Testing Company http://wfpl.org/post/former-indiana-schools-chief-takes-job-testing-company <p>Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a test to state education leaders across the country.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A spokesman for ACT says Bennett will help the testing company pitch its exam called Aspire.</span></p><p>ACT is more widely known for its college-entry tests administered throughout the Midwest. But it is also one of many testing companies looking to sell their products to states that have adopted Common Core standards.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:56:59 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 7892 at http://wfpl.org Former Indiana Schools Chief Takes Job With Testing Company Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-complaint-filed-against-former-indiana-schools-chief-tony-bennett <p>Indiana's top ethics official has filed a complaint against former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources for political reasons.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The complaint from Inspector General David Thomas comes two months after The Associated Press reported Bennett kept multiple campaign databases on Department of Education servers and ordered his staff to dissect a speech by his Democratic opponent for inaccuracies last fall.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:06:36 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 7561 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett Fundraiser List, Emails Raise Questions About Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett http://wfpl.org/post/fundraiser-list-emails-raise-questions-about-former-indiana-schools-superintendent-tony-bennett <p>INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett faces scrutiny over the discovery of lists of Republican fundraisers on Department of Education servers and emails he sent directing staff to dissect a speech by Democrat Glenda Ritz.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:49:09 +0000 Tom LoBianco | Associated Press 6812 at http://wfpl.org Fundraiser List, Emails Raise Questions About Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett Aide to Indiana Gov. Pence Takes New Job; Was Involved in Grade Change Controversy http://wfpl.org/post/aide-indiana-gov-pence-takes-new-job-was-involved-grade-change-controversy <p>Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's chief lobbyist is leaving her post, &nbsp;three weeks after her involvement was revealed in the manipulation of the grades Indiana hands its schools.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Heather Neal is joining Limestone Strategies, a political consulting firm, as president of its public affairs practice. The company is based in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.</span></p><p>Neal was the chief of staff to former Indiana schools Superintendent Tony Bennett last year before joining Pence's team in January as his legislative director. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:04:30 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 6531 at http://wfpl.org Aide to Indiana Gov. Pence Takes New Job; Was Involved in Grade Change Controversy Former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett Asks for State Investigation Into Tenure http://wfpl.org/post/former-indiana-superintendent-tony-bennett-asks-state-investigation-tenure <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana schools chief Tony&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Bennett</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;has asked the state's inspector general to investigate the Department of Education's actions during his tenure after resigning Thu, 01 Aug 2013 14:39:37 +0000 Associated Press 6319 at http://wfpl.org Former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett Asks for State Investigation Into Tenure AP: Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urged Staff to Improve Charter School's Grade http://wfpl.org/post/ap-former-indiana-schools-superintendent-tony-bennett-urged-staff-improve-charter-schools-grade <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's A-F school grading system faces scrutiny over emails showing that education leaders scrambled to overhaul the program at least in part to ensure that a prominent Republican donor's charter school received a top mark.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:50:16 +0000 Associated Press 6284 at http://wfpl.org AP: Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urged Staff to Improve Charter School's Grade Indiana School Board Approves Changes to Teacher Licensing Rules http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-school-board-approves-changes-teacher-licensing-rules The Indiana Board of Education has approved changes to Indiana's teacher licensing requirements despite arguments from opponents that the new rules could hurt the quality of classroom instruction.<p> The board voted in favor of the rules changes supported by outgoing Republican state schools superintendent Tony Bennett. Incoming superintendent Glenda Ritz, a Democrat, had asked the board to delay action until after she takes office next month.<p> Ritz defeated Bennett in the November election after campaigning against many of his policies. Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:46:03 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 2821 at http://wfpl.org Indiana School Board Approves Changes to Teacher Licensing Rules Indiana Schools Chief's Race Getting National Scrutiny http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-schools-chiefs-race-getting-national-scrutiny <P>The campaign to lead Indiana's education department is being watched as a referendum on school policies pushed by conservatives across the country.<p> <P>Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is seeking a second term. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:57:28 +0000 The Associated Press 2227 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Schools Chief's Race Getting National Scrutiny