Tony Bennett: Florida Education Commissioner defends role in grade change

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett is seeking to reassure legislative leaders and other top officials that he did nothing wrong in his former job in Indiana.

Bennett reached out to state officials after The Associated Press reported his education team in Indiana overhauled the school grading system to improve the marks of a charter school run by a prominent Republican donor.

Some critics think Bennett should resign. But members of the State Board of Education say they remain confident in the job he is doing in Florida.

Bennett was hired after losing his re-election for Indiana schools superintendent last November.

Bennett said Tuesday that he had received "pretty strong support" from Gov. Rick Scott's staff. But Scott said at event in Orlando that he not seen the stories.

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