AP: Bennett changed school grade in Indiana for GOP donor
The Associated Press has a story today that has a lot of people talking about Florida's education commissioner, Tony Bennett. It seems that Bennett, as education chief in Indiana last fall, scrambled to change the grade of a school founded by an influential Republican donor, after learning it had earned a C. From the story:
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The story comes on the heels of Bennett's recommendation - and the state Board of Education's approval - to extend a "safety net" for schools in Florida to cushion them against multi-letter drops in a single year. The recommendation, which passed on a narrow vote, was controversial, with some board members arguing that it essentially concealed the truth about schools' performance.
The grades were released here Friday. Some of Bennett's staffers in Indiana followed Bennett to Florida when he became our commissioner. Two of them now are key decision makers and were on the task force that met this month about school grades.