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2013 NEWSMAKER: Scott Dorsey 2013 NEWSMAKER: Andrew Luck 2013 Newsmakers: Tony Bennett
                              &<br />Glenda Ritz 2013 NEWSMAKER: Mitch Daniels 2013 NEWSMAKER: Joe Swedish
Bennett Bennett

In November 2012, Democrat Glenda Ritz defeated Republican Tony Bennett in the race for Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction.

But the two never stopped fighting each other.

Days before his term ended in early January, Bennett pushed major new changes to teacher licensing rules through the State Board of Education—over the strong objection of Ritz. Those rule changes never took effect, however, because of procedural missteps.

After Bennett and several of his key staff members headed to Florida to become that state’s schools chief, Ritz’s staff set about combing the former email accounts of Bennett and his team.

What they found was explosive.

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There was a chain of emails from September 2012 showing Bennett and his team discussing ways to alter the A-F grading system for schools in order to make sure the Christel House Academy in Indianapolis received an A. The Associated Press, which first reported the emails, cast that decision as a favor to the school’s founder, philanthropist Christel DeHaan, who had been a major contributor to Bennett’s campaign.

But Bennett said his staff was simply using Christel House—which is widely acknowledged as an outstanding school—as a quality control mechanism to make sure his new A-F formula was working properly.

The controversy forced Bennett to resign his post in Florida. A special investigation later found that Bennett’s changes to the A-F formula were “plausible,” but that Bennett’s understaffed agency had rushed the grading formula.

An effort to rewrite the A-F formula has now bogged down in a bitter battle between Ritz, the State Board of Education and Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who appoints the members of the board.

Ritz’ team also found a Republican donor list stored on the state’s computers. That prompted the Indiana inspector general to file an ethics complaint against Bennett in November.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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