Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bennett Left His Mess in Indiana

Dr. Tony Bennett
I have a confession.

I have tried to start this blog post a number of times and then erased what I had written.  Too harsh.

That's why it took me so long to get something up here about Dr. Tony Bennett, the former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.

This is toned down significantly.

An Associated Press investigation into e-mails Bennett and his staff exchanged showed that when a school started by a deep-pocketed donor to Bennett and the GOP scored out at a C on Bennett's A-F school grading scale that he went through somewhat extraordinary means to get the grade changed to something more palatable...like an A.  

The donor, Christel DeHaan, it should be noted, denied that anyone from the Christel House ever asked to have the grade changed.

In countless public talks, Dr. Bennett told audiences of Hoosiers that all of this reform effort was about students and not adults.  He said it countless times.  

Thing is, when you read his e-mails as he frantically tried to cover his own political tail, you get the distinct feeling that this was all about him.


The A-F system is thankfully gone, and Dr. Bennett is Florida's problem now.  Hoosiers were so right to elect someone else.


varangianguard said...

You are just too nice.

This is simply what happens when ideologues without intelligence are placed into positions of authority to forward an agenda that has nothing to do with improving the lot of Indiana's children.

Why people get sucked into voting against their own best interests by a party who waves a carrot in the voters' faces while rooting deeply into their pocketbooks continues to be beyond me.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why they didn't just change the rules to say that as long as you don't let the kids or their teachers read Howard Zinn, your school gets an A.