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Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

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Commentary: Glenda Ritz’s good fortune

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s always amusing to watch otherwise smart people do stupid things. I’m thinking about the way the members of the self-proclaimed education reform crowd have let Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz get under their skin. Let’s take stock of where things are. Two years ago, Ritz, a […]

Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

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Commentary: Indiana education leaders make Congress look good

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe all the squabbling, infighting and backbiting among Indiana’s political leaders over the direction of education in the state is part of some master plan. Maybe it is designed to make Hoosiers feel better about the federal government by showing them that it is, in fact, possible to be […]

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Bennett to pay $5,000 to settle political ethics violations

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Ethics Commission unanimously approved a $5,000 settlement between former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and the state on Thursday. The settlement came after Inspector General David Thomas presented his report saying that Bennett violated the state ethics code by using state time and resources for his […]


Bennett, ethics commission arrive at settlement

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett has reached a settlement agreement in a case before the Indiana State Ethics Commission. Bennett’s attorney, Jason Barclay, said details about the settlement will not be announced until Thursday’s meeting of the ethics commission. The state inspector general filed a complaint with the […]

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Inspector general says Bennett did political work on state computer

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state inspector general has filed a complaint with the Indiana Ethics Commission accusing former Superintendent Tony Bennett of breaking state rules by using government resources for political purposes. The commission has set a public hearing for Jan. 9 to consider the charges. The complaint says Bennett – a […]

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Hoosier students improve, out-perform those in other states

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana students scored better this year on a national educational scorecard – improving in reading and math faster than students in all but one other state. Advocates of education reform – including the state’s recent moves to vouchers and new accountability measures – say the National Assessment of Educational […]

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House Dem leader questions amount of time into Bennett grade change

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath questioned the state inspector general Tuesday about the investigation of the “A-F” scandal involving Republican Tony Bennett, the former superintendent of public instruction. In a letter sent Tuesday to Indiana Inspector General David Thomas, Pelath wants to know what has been uncovered in the […]

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A-F panel has until Nov. 1 to reach recommendations on new grading system

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Members of a new group studying the state’s A-F school grading system got to work Thursday with a history lesson of sorts that raised questions about the difficulty of marrying state and federal rules for education accountability. The Accountability System Review Panel is meeting weekly through the fall so […]

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Democrats call for investigation into latest Bennett allegations

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Democrats on Thursday called for a state investigation into allegations that former state Superintendent Tony Bennett kept campaign databases on state Department of Education computers, which could violate state law. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said the allegations “should be taken seriously.” “I think it should be investigated,” Lanane […]

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Commentary: Bennett shined as ‘man in the arena’ of public education

By Cam Savage TheStatehouseFile.com “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; […]

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