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August 7, 2013

Editorial: Bennett's work tarnished by grade change

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After The Associated Press reported on Bennett’s email, Ritz pledged a review of the grading system for schools. The AP account also led to Bennett quitting his post as head of Florida schools. With the same bravado that brought him down in Indiana, he said he would welcome any investigation to the grade-altering scheme, which could involve 12 schools and was meant to help charter schools.

Let’s not dwell too long on this sad instance. Voters, acknowledging they want nothing to do with Bennett, need to see fair and honest accountability standards for schools. The A-F old school rules may have seemed simple in the past but the system was apparently ripe for favoritism. Everything that Bennett implemented is now tainted because he tampered with grades.

Unlike a grade school student, Bennett didn’t plead with his teacher to change a grade; he felt entitled to make the system work in his favor. He didn’t present a case to his teacher that he would do better on future homework assignments; he demanded the change. And, as we all tell our children, cheating will come back to haunt you.

In Summary Whatever you think of Tony Bennett's policies as Indiana's superintendent of public instruction, the revelation that he tampered with school performance grades to help his supporters casts a dark shadow over his tenure.

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