Report: Changes to Indiana school grades were ‘plausible’

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Former state Education Commissioner Tony Bennett said he felt “vindicated” by a new report on a grade-changing flap in Indiana that led to his resignation in Florida.

The independent review, commissioned by the Indiana Legislature, found “it was necessary” for Bennett to tweak Indiana’s school grading formula while serving as the state’s top education official.

Bennett drew heavy criticism for the changes, which became the subject of media reports after he lost reelection in Indiana and was named education commissioner in Florida. Emails showed that Bennett had scrambled to change the grade for Christel House Academy, an Indianapolis charter school run by an influential Republican Party donor.

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