At a time when there are more and more cheating scandals in education and many people are critical of the growing “accountability culture,” Florida’s state education commissioner has resigned over a school-grading scandal.
The commissioner, Tony Bennett, was accused by the Associated Press of changing a school’s grade when he was education chief in Indiana. The school in question, a charter school run by a Republican party donor, saw its grade bumped from a C to an A.
Bennett, who was recruited to Florida last year, says he did nothing wrong.
Bennett is part of a movement of education officials — called Chiefs for Change — that is pushing higher standards, merit pay, more accountability for schools and school leaders and other “bold” reforms.