Tony Bennett en Committee May Settle Ethics Complaint Against Former Schools Chief <p>An ethics committee investigating charges against former state superintendent Tony Bennett is considering a settlement.&nbsp; The inspector general filed an ethics complaint against Bennett in November alleging he used government resources during his re-election campaign in 2012.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The accusations against Bennett allege he kept databases of campaign donors and used government resources during his 2012 re-election campaign against current state superintendent Glenda Ritz.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:16:26 +0000 Claire McInerny 32852 at Committee May Settle Ethics Complaint Against Former Schools Chief Pelath Wants State to Speed Up Bennett Investigation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indiana House Minority Leader Scott </span>Pelath<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he sees no sense of urgency from the state Inspector General in the investigation into the school grade changing scandal involving former State Superintendent Tony Bennett.</span></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:59:22 +0000 Brandon Smith 21703 at Pelath Wants State to Speed Up Bennett Investigation Indiana's School Grading System In the Spotlight <div>The controversy surrounding Indiana’s former superintendent, Tony Bennett, is bringing new attention to the formula state officials use to issue letter grade performance ratings to schools.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:02:00 +0000 Kyle Stokes 18570 at Indiana's School Grading System In the Spotlight Bennett Resigns Florida Post After Grade Revelations <p>State Impact Indiana's Kyle Stokes and Elle Moxley discuss Tony Bennett's resignation as Florida's Education Commissioner after reports that, while Indiana State Superintendent, he changed the grade of a charter school reportedly run by a major Republican Party donor.&nbsp;</p><p><em>You can find more from our StateImpact Indiana team covering education by visiting&nbsp;<a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"></a>.</em></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:46:15 +0000 Kyle Stokes & Elle Moxley 18424 at Education officials approve licensing changes <p>A state panel has voted to make it easier for non-education majors who earn Bachelor’s degrees to get teaching jobs.&nbsp; That’s one part of a broad package of changes to Indiana’s rules for teacher licensing the State Board of Education approved Wednesday. But opponents fear the new standards sets the bar too low.</p><p>The State Board’s final 9-2 vote ends months of debate on the proposal known as “REPA II.”&nbsp; State education officials say the new guidelines give schools more flexibility in the teacher hiring process.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 19:43:42 +0000 Kyle Stokes 7672 at Tony Bennett explains school ratings <p></p><p></p><div><p>State education officials announced Wednesday morning fewer Indiana schools received the state’s highest letter grade rating in 2012.&nbsp; But three out of five schools still received an A or a B.&nbsp; State superintendent Tony Bennett unveiled the letter grades and said the grades are “positive news” overall for Indiana schools.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:22:23 +0000 Sarah Delia 6125 at