The reporter who broke the Tony Bennett grade change story is continuing to follow up. As per numerous requests, current Indians superintendent Glenda Ritz announced yesterday that last year’s grade categories had been “manipulated” on Bennett’s watch. From AP reporter Tom LoBianco:
Indiana’s top education official on Wednesday acknowledged “manipulation” in the way the state’s schools are graded, the latest fallout from an Associated Press report that found her predecessor worked behind the scenes to improve the score of a charter school founded by an influential Republican donor.
Superintendent Glenda Ritz told state school board members that this year’s school ratings would be held up, at least temporarily, as a result of the independent review into the A-F grading system and left open the possibility some of last year’s grades could be changed.
The system was established by Tony Bennett, a rising star in the education reform movement, who last week resigned from his new job as Florida’s schools chief amid the scandal in Indiana.
“Upon our preliminary examination, the department has verified that there was manipulation of calculation categories and the department has also determined that there are broader issues that need to be examined,” Ritz said.
How long will the ed reform movement continue to stick up for this guy? Jeb Bush obviously still is and called LoBianco’ story to be filled with “false allegations” that were the result of “nasty political tactics” driven by the desire to “protect their self-interest.”
Bush has now moved on and is attacking public school advocate Matt Damon on TWITTER for sending his children to private schools. A combination of choice and common core now seem to be Bush’s way forward.