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Tony Bennett Steps Down In Florida

Indiana’s former Superintendent of Public Education is out of a job again. 

Tony Bennett was soundly beaten by Glenda Ritz. 

It was a clear rejection of Bennett’s policies. 

Bennett is now quitting his current job of Florida’s education commissioner due to allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major Republican donor while he worked here in Indiana. 

Emails published by The Associated Press this week show that 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.

During a news conference where he announce his resignation, he said that he did nothing wrong but that he didn’t want to be a distraction to Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to overhaul Florida’s education system.

Bennett is calling for Indiana’s inspector general to look into the allegations because he is certain he will be cleared of wrongdoing.

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With these allegations against Tony Bennett, attention is starting to turn to his wife Tina Bennett.

She is employed by the for-profit company Charter Schools USA.

That company was hired to take over three Indianapolis schools last year while Tony Bennett was still running the state education department.

The company says that Tina Bennett only worked with company schools in Louisiana-- not Indiana or Florida.

The company said that was due to the potential perceptions that could arise.

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