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Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett resigns from Florida job over Indiana emails

by Elle Moxley

August 1, 2013

Former Indiana State schools superintendent Tony Bennett says he is leaving his appointed post as Florida’s education commissioner.  Bennett resigned this morning after less than eight months on the job.  This week, an Associated Press report showed Bennett had sent emails ordering changes to Indiana’s A-F school grading system in 2012 to benefit a charter school in Indianapolis run by a prominent Republican donor.  StateImpact Indiana reporter Elle Moxley has been following the story.

Today, AFT Indiana – a union representing teachers – asked the state to immediately suspend the A-F grading system.  Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he wants a review of the grades for 2011- 2012 ready for next week’s State Board of Education meeting.