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Education
12:01 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Indiana Charter School at Heart of Grade-Change Flap Drops to 'F'

Tony Bennett
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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.

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.

The grades are used to determine a range of important funding issues. The State Board of Education approved the grades at its meeting Friday.

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Local News
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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Local News
3:06 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett

Former Indiana Schools Chief Tony Bennett
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Indiana's top ethics official has filed a complaint against former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources for political reasons.

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.

Indiana law prohibits state employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or using state resources for political purposes.

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Politics
6:49 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Fundraiser List, Emails Raise Questions About Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett

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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.

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Local News
12:04 pm
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.  

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Education
10:39 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett Asks for State Investigation Into Tenure

Tony Bennett
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INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett has asked the state's inspector general to investigate the Department of Education's actions during his tenure after resigning as Florida's education commissioner.

Tony Bennett's request Thursday followed an Associated Press story showing that Bennett and his staff scrambled to overhaul Indiana's school accountability formula after learning a charter school founded by a top Republican donor had received a C.

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Education
3:50 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

AP: Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urged Staff to Improve Charter School's Grade

Tony Bennett
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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.

The September 2012 emails obtained by The Associated Press show former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urging his staff to find a way to give Christel House an A grade despite poor test scores in algebra that earned it a C.

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Education
2:46 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Indiana School Board Approves Changes to Teacher Licensing Rules

Incoming Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz/Photo from stateimpact.npr.org

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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Education
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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