The Herald Bulletin

August 1, 2013

Bennett to resign as Florida's education commissioner


The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Bennett to resign over Ind. school grade change scandal

According to WISH-TV, The Herald Bulletin's new gathering partner, A Florida education official saysT ony Bennett, the state's education commissioner, will resign because of allegations he changed a charter school's grades 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.