News in Brief

Bennett Could Play Role in Ind. Charter Venture

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett is contributing to a former top aide's efforts to start an Indianapolis charter school.

Documents say he is on the ACE Preparatory Academy's professional-advisory council. His focus is listed as including "state accountability," "strategic planning," and "fundraising." Mr. Bennett said that his role was limited to a letter of recommendation for the school's leader.

He resigned from his job as Florida's schools chief after the Associated Press published emails showing he changed the school-grading system in Indiana to help a top Republican donor's charter school. An Indiana inspector general's report said that his staff and state-issued vehicle were used extensively for political work.

The IG's investigator said Mr. Bennett could face federal wire-fraud charges as well as state ghost-employment charges. But he hasn't been charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

Vol. 34, Issue 28, Page 5

Published in Print: April 22, 2015, as Bennett Could Play Role in Ind. Charter Venture
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories