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Tue August 20, 2013
Aide to Indiana Gov. Pence Takes New Job; Was Involved in Grade Change Controversy
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's chief lobbyist is leaving her post, three weeks after her involvement was revealed in the manipulation of the grades Indiana hands its schools.
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.
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.
The Associated Press last month published emails showing a frantic effort by Bennett and Neal to rewrite the state's school-grading formula to change the grade of Christel House Academy---a charter school founded by a top Republican donor---from a C to an A.
Bennett lost his re-election bid and was later appointed education commissioner in Florida. He resigned from that post early this month in the wake of the Indiana grading disclosures, but has maintained he did nothing wrong.