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Monday, July 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " AP Exclusive: GOP donor's school grade changed"

Amazing just-released AP exclusive from Tom LoBianco begins:

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana school Superintendent Tony Bennett built his national star by promising to hold "failing" schools accountable. But when it appeared an Indianapolis charter school run by a prominent Republican donor might receive a poor grade, Bennett's education team frantically overhauled his signature "A-F" school grading system to improve the school's marks.

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show Bennett and his staff scrambled last fall to ensure influential donor Christel DeHaan's school received an "A," despite poor test scores in algebra that initially earned it a "C."

"They need to understand that anything less than an A for Christel House compromises all of our accountability work," Bennett wrote in a Sept. 12 email to then-chief of staff Heather Neal, who is now Gov. Mike Pence's chief lobbyist.

The emails themselves are also online, per this LoBiano tweet:
Tom LoBianco ‏@tomlobianco the A-F emails: http://apne.ws/1aT2Tr1, http://apne.ws/14u6wh2, http://apne.ws/19t1GZw, http://apne.ws/12Y6X3U, http://apne.ws/13smwzQ
[More] The Indianapolis Star has now also posted the AP story.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 29, 2013 03:11 PM
Posted to Indiana Government