Bennett: We Need Solutions or I have to “Wiggle Myself out of the Repeated Lies I Have Told the Past 6 Months”

1 Aug

In perhaps the most brazen of comments, former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett emailed members of his staff stating:

If you can’t tell, I am mor than a little miffed about this.  I hope we can come to the meeting today with solutions and not excuses and/or explanations for me to wiggle myself out of the repeated lies I have told over the past 6 months.

The quote appeared in a September 13, 2012 e-mail from Bennet to staff members Jon Gubera and Heather Neal.  Bennett was apparently referring to the “C” grade given to Christel House Charter School based on the formula his office developed.  Previously in the e-mail he states:

I cannot count the number of times we have been in meetings with Christel, The Chamber, Brian Bosma, David Long and others when I have said that we cound Christel House as an A school.  I have repeatedly said to all of them that we have checked their data and given the 162 day calculation we were certain they are an A school.

Despite reports that Bennett appeared to be supporting Christel House for financial gain, the e-mails storngly suggest that Bennett’s concern was for the legacy of the  school grading program in Indiana:

They need to understand that anything less than an A for Christel House compromises all of our accountability work.

Additionally Bennett stated:

My botton line that if that is our answer we must be prepared through legislation to lose our entire PL-221 efforts to date and have no hope for improving accountability this coming session.

Bennett’s controversial grading program was subject to intense attack from teacher’s unions and is believed by many to be the reason for his loss in the 2012 election.  Current Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz ran a campaign that was based largely on social media and local teacher support.   As reported earlier today by the Gazette current Superintendent of Pubic Instruction Glend Ritz has announced a plan to completely review the A-F grading system implemented by Bennett.

After losing the election in Indiana, Tony Bennett was appointed as Florida Education Commisssioner by Governor Rick Scott.  Bennett is expected to resign that post today.


Next up:  What is the A-F grading system and who are the players pushing on both sides of the issue.

 #tony bennett

#christel house


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