Glenda Ritz http://wfpl.org en 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 Indiana Education Officials Meet With Mediator http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-education-officials-meet-mediator <p>A national mediator called into help with Indiana’s ongoing education battle says she sees progress between the two sides.</p><p>Kris Amundson&nbsp;guided the members of the State Board of Education through a three-hour discussion of their roles Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>She was called in to help with an ongoing fight between Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and board members who've been appointed by Republican governors.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:53:51 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 7780 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Education Officials Meet With Mediator Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Backs Education Board on School Grades http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-gov-mike-pence-backs-education-board-school-grades <p>INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is supporting the State Board of Education's bid to shift calculation of school accountability grades from the Democrat-led Department of Education to legislative analysts.</p><p>Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault said Tuesday that Pence doesn't believe any state laws were broken when the board crafted a letter asking top Republican lawmakers to make the change.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:56:51 +0000 Associated Press 7300 at http://wfpl.org Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Backs Education Board on School Grades Bennett Named Florida Education Commissioner http://wfpl.org/post/bennett-named-florida-education-commissioner Indiana's recently ousted state school superintendent is Florida's new education commissioner.<p> The State Board of Education selected Tony Bennett, a Republican who lost a bid for re-election in Indiana last month, today in Tampa.<p> The board picked Bennett from a slate of three finalists.<p> The others were Murray State University President Randy Dunn, who once served as state superintendent in Illinois, and Arlington, Va., education consultant Charles Hokanson, a former deputy assistant U.S. secretary of education in President George W. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:43:16 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 2928 at http://wfpl.org Bennett Named Florida Education Commissioner 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