A Florida education official says the state's education commissioner will resign because of allegations he changed a charter school's grade during his previous job as Indiana's school chief.
The official told The Associated Press of Tony Bennett's resignation on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to disclose the information before a formal announcement.
The official says Bennett will resign because of the scandal surrounding Christel House Academy, an Indiana charter school run by a major Republican donor. Emails published by the AP this week show Bennett and his Indiana staff scrambled last fall to ensure Christel DeHaan's school received an "A," despite poor 10th-grade algebra scores that initially earned it a "C."
Bennett lost his re-election bid last November in Indiana. He was hired by Florida in December.UPDATE: The Star's Matt Tully is reporting that Tony Bennett's wife took a job with Charter Schools USA earlier this year. That would be the same for-profit business that Bennett chose to manage Manual High School, T.C. Howe High School and Emma Donnan middle school in the late summer of 2012, all IPS schools his office ordered taken over by the state. Millions of state tax dollars have since flowed to the company. Tina Bennett is now employed as a regional director for Charter Schools USA in Florida. Coincidence? Guess who Charter Schools USA's Indiana lobbyist is? Yep, that would be Barnes & Thornburg.