Limestone Strategies was founded by Cam Savage, another former employee of Bennett's office. Interestingly, he just penned a column for the State House File, suggesting that AP reporter Tom LoBianco's reporting had it wrong and that Tony Bennett was right.
Bennett’s concern that this particular school registered a “C” grade under initial system trials was well founded. Because the school only served students in kindergarten through the 10th grade, the initial formula penalized the school for not graduating any seniors. This is an obvious problem, because this school, and a few others, didn’t have any seniors. Adjusting the formula to avoid punishing these schools was certainly something Bennett had the authority to do, but unquestionably, was the appropriate thing to do.Perhaps Bennett's concerns that his grading system was flawed were well-founded. Nonetheless, he declined to make similar allowances for several IPS schools, forcing their takeover by the state. It turned out that the private company that's making millions of dollars operating those schools gave Bennett's wife a very well-paid job after the couple left the state for the Sunshine State where Bennett became the state's top education official until the scandal forced his resignation last month.