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StateImpact Florida
5:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Former Florida Education Commissioner Settles Indiana Ethics Charges

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett has settled Indiana ethics charges that he used state computers for campaign reasons.
Credit Tony Bennett / StateImpact Indiana

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will pay a $5,000 fine as part of a proposed deal with Indiana ethics investigators, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Associated Press.

Bennett admits using state resources for his 2012 reelection campaign. But Bennett was also cleared of any ethics violations related to changes he sought to Indiana’s school grading formula in 2012.

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StateImpact Florida
5:34 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

State Board Picks Pam Stewart As Education Commissioner

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 10:44 am

New Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

New Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

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StateImpact Florida
1:01 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Indiana Report Finds Bennett's Grade Changes Were 'Plausible'

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 12:10 pm

An Indiana report has found that school grading formula changes former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett made in 2012 while the elected superintendent of Hoosier State schools were “plausible” and “consistently applied” to all schools.

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Schools
4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Summit To Map Florida's Education Direction

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With Florida's public-school system facing major questions, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced plans for a summit next week that will bring together political, business and education leaders.

RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Education

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

What The Departure Of Education Chief Tony Bennett Means For Florida Schools

Tony Bennett served less than 8 months as Florida's Education Commissioner before a scandal involving the grading of an Indiana charter school let him to resign.
Credit Florida Department of Education

On The Florida Roundup: Our state's leadership goes through more upheaval, this time with the resignation of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. He will be the fifth education head (including interims) to depart in the 31 months since Governor Rick Scott took office.

Why has there been so much turnover? What impact does the latest change have on students and teachers? 

Plus: the Hialeah shooting drew national attention again to gun deaths in our state.  We look at what factors - or at least correlations - can be gleaned about violence and gun ownership. 

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Politics
8:22 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Bennett Resignation Buoys Critics Of Testing

Tony Bennett
Credit Florida Department of Education

For the third time in Gov. Rick Scott's two-and-a-half years as governor, there is no permanent leader in place for the Department of Education.

Departures are nothing new for the Scott administration. At least 11 department heads during Scott's term have resigned; the governor is also on his third chief of staff and is still looking for a replacement for Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.

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Politics
11:33 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Archive: A Conversation With Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett

NEW EDUCATION COMMISSIONER: Tony Bennett was Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana for one term. He lost his re-election bid in November 2012, and was appointed Florida's schools chief by Gov. Rick Scott.
Credit Elle Moxley / StateImpact Indiana

Editor's Note:   Shortly after Tony Bennett began as the state's Education Commissioner last December, he sat down with WLRN's former StateImpact reporter Sarah Gonzalez.  They talked about his time as head of Indiana's school system and what plans he had for Florida's.  

Tony Bennett drove from Indiana over the weekend to start his first day as schools chief in Florida on Monday.

Last month the State Board of Education hired Bennett, a Republican who served as Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction for one term.

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Politics
11:24 am
Thu August 1, 2013

The School At The Heart Of Bennett Controversy: The Philanthropy And Philosophy Of Christel DeHaan

Christel DeHaan
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Editor's Note:  On Monday, the Associated Press published emails from 2012 showing former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett and his staff in Indiana discussing how to change that state's grading formula to boost the grade of an Indianapolis charter school run by a prominent Republican donor.

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Politics
11:12 am
Thu August 1, 2013

A Look At The Indiana Charter School At The Center Of Tony Bennett's Resignation

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:42 am

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is expected to resign today after the Associated Press published emails this week showing he and staff worked to change the state’s grading system in 2012, which boosted a charter school’s grade.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

How Florida Fails To Prepare Students For College

Many high school graduates in Florida are finding that they are not ready for college-level work.
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On the Florida Roundup:  Florida has its new Education Commissioner, former Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett.  We’ll learn why Jeb Bush fans are thrilled and the teachers unions are not. NPR’s StateImpact Florida reporter Sarah Gonzalez will tell us why many of Florida’s high school graduates are not ready for college work.  And we hear from you on Florida’s growing need for remedial education and what the purpose of high school should be.  Tweet us @WLRN.  

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Florida Education Commissioner
12:49 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

'Rock Star' Educator Who Follows Jeb Bush Picked For Florida Education Commissioner

NEW EDUCATION CHIEF: Tony Bennett of Indiana was the unanimous choice to become Florida's next education commissioner.

Florida has chosen a follower of Jeb Bush education theory from Indiana to be its next education commissioner.

Tony Bennett is serving out his term as Indiana's superintendent of public instruction after a re-election defeat.  In Florida, he'll replace Gerard Robinson, who resigned months ago after only a year in office.

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Education
12:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Jeb Bush's Guy And Jeb Bush's Policies Are Voted Down In Indiana and Idaho

Opponents: Democrat Glenda Ritz is Indiana's new Superintendent of Public Instruction. She defeated Jeb Bush ally Tony Bennett, right.
Credit Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush suffered long-distance electoral defeats in Indiana and Idaho on Tuesday.

In Indiana, the state's top education official -- a Bush ally and top lieutenant in his education foundation -- was defeated by a Democratic challenger. And, in Idaho, voters repealed three controversial education laws that bore the Bush seal of approval.

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