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1:56 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Former Indiana Schools Chief Takes Job With Testing Company

Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett has found new work helping to pitch a test to state education leaders across the country.

A spokesman for ACT says Bennett will help the testing company pitch its exam called Aspire.

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.

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4:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Indiana Education Officials Meet With Mediator

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A national mediator called into help with Indiana’s ongoing education battle says she sees progress between the two sides.

Kris Amundson guided the members of the State Board of Education through a three-hour discussion of their roles Wednesday.  

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.

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9:56 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Backs Education Board on School Grades

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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.

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.

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11:43 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Bennett Named Florida Education Commissioner


Indiana's recently ousted state school superintendent is Florida's new education commissioner.

The State Board of Education selected Tony Bennett, a Republican who lost a bid for re-election in Indiana last month, today in Tampa.

The board picked Bennett from a slate of three finalists.

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. Bush's administration.

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2:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Indiana School Board Approves Changes to Teacher Licensing Rules

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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.

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.

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1:57 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Indiana Schools Chief's Race Getting National Scrutiny

The campaign to lead Indiana's education department is being watched as a referendum on school policies pushed by conservatives across the country.

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is seeking a second term. Before being elected, Bennett was a longtime southern Indiana educator and former superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools.

He's opposed by Democrat Glenda Ritz, who is a suburban Indianapolis teacher and a former president of her local teachers' union.

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