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Ind. school board won't change schools' grades

Wednesday - 10/2/2013, 7:30pm  ET

TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana State Board of Education has decided not to change the grades for a handful of schools following a review of changes the former public schools superintendent made last year to benefit a donor's charter school.

The board decided that three high schools should keep the A's they received last year while four other schools should keep the F's. The new superintendent, Democrat Glenda Ritz, abstained from Wednesday's votes.

The former superintendent, Republican Tony Bennett, made sweeping changes in the formula that carried the Christel House charter school from a C to an A. He removed a limit on bonus points and changed how so-called "combined" schools were scored.

Bennett resigned as Florida's schools chief in August, a few days after The Associated Press published emails uncovering the changes.


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