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August 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 18, 2013

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Follow the money to school reform

While the press and the public attempt to connect the many dots in the Tony Bennett “school reform” scandal, here is one more connection of which some may be unaware: Tony Bennett’s wife, Tina, since early 2013 has been working for Charter Schools USA, the for-profit company that Tony Bennett picked to take over the so-called “F” schools in the Indianapolis Public Schools system. 

As is by now widely-known, Christel House, a charter school founded by Christel DeHaan, Bennett’s $130,000 donor, was given a revised grade to reflect an A, which it hadn’t earned under Bennett’s grading formula. 

Yet Howe and Arlington High Schools, part of the IPS system, were denied the same exemption for “combined” schools which was given to Christel House. Had they been [given the exemption], these two public schools would have received passing grades.

Bennett denied Howe and Arlington, and they were then taken over by the for-profit Charter Schools USA, Tina Bennett’s current employer.

To say that change in education under Tony Bennett, Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence is for the good of Indiana’s students has by now been clearly exposed as a lie.

Want to know what’s really driving “school reform” in Indiana? Follow the money.

 Ruth Herrold, Greenwood

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