School grading questioned with Florida chief’s exit

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Education reformer Tony Bennett’s resignation from the state superintendent seat in Florida leaves the post vacant for the third time in about three years — and could have repercussions for the broader education reform movement, including the trendy policy of grading schools on an A-F scale.

Bennett resigned Thursday after about seven months as state chief, a move triggered by revelations this week that as the elected public schools leader in Indiana, he changed accountability measures to boost the grades of several schools.

Emails uncovered by the Associated Press indicate Bennett had a hand in changing the grade of an Indiana charter school run by and named after a campaign donor.

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