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Indiana failed to well serve migrant students during Bennett's tenure, report shows



The Washington Post has dug up a September federal report indicating that the state of Indiana failed to spend millions of dollars that had been allocated to help migrant students during 2010 and 2011. Tony Bennett, the state's superintendent of public instruction at the time, has just been named Florida education commissioner.

Among the findings: 

"Identification and Recruitment –  IDOE’s structure for identifying and recruiting migrant children have been downsized to the point that the State is no longer able to effectively manage this critical task…."

[As of Sept. 26, 2012, the state] “had not drawn down any of the FY 2010 or 2011 funds it received to operate the program.”

 The U.S. Department of Education has given Indiana a few months to get its house in order. Florida has more than 55,000 migrant students.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 4:50pm]


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