'Benchmark' schools unlikely after Bennett changes...
Created by kblakeslee on 9/6/2013 1:27:30 PM


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's top lawmakers are saying the new school grading formula is unlikely to include "benchmark" schools following a review of changes former state superintendent Tony Bennett made for a campaign donor's charter school.
 
A review released Friday found Bennett's staff changed the formula to ensure the Christel House charter school in Indianapolis would receive an "A" because it was considered a "benchmark" school.  
 
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said he did not think new "A-F" school grades should include benchmark schools. Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long says he didn't think Christel House was guaranteed an "A" in the old model.
 
Bennett resigned as Florida's schools chief after emails published by The Associated Press showed he changed Indiana's school grading formula to ensure Christel House received an "A".