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Former Schools Chiefs Tony Bennett Guilty Of Ethics Violation

A settlement regarding Tony Bennett's ethics violation will be released Thursday.

Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

A settlement regarding Tony Bennett's ethics violation will be released Thursday.

Indiana Inspector General David Thomas concluded in a report obtained by Politico that former state superintendent Tony Bennett is guilty of an ethics violation regarding the use of government resources during his 2012 re-election campaign.

Stephanie Simon of Politico writes Bennett is found not guilty of the other accused ethics violation:

But Thomas cleared Bennett of allegations that he engaged in misconduct when he ordered staff to rework a school grading formula after a charter school founded by a major Republican donor received an unexpectedly low grade.

Bennett has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for the ethics violation. The Ethics Commission will consider the proposed settlement tomorrow.

The official hearing regarding the settlement begins Thursday at 10 a.m.


  • Brad Ream

    Why was he cleared of changing the grade for the charter school? You didn’t cover this in your article. Here is why, “Thomas said he knew of no rule that had been violated by Bennett’s actions.” So it wasn’t an ethics violation because there is no rule in place when it comes to changing a grade. Genius!
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  • Bilgewater

    I hope this “slap on the wrist” makes Bennett so radioactive that he will never be given a similar leadership role ever again. His microphone and pulpit should be taken away forever. For all the harm he did to students, teachers and schools in Indiana, he deserves a much stiffer penalty.

    I’m not sure if it is worse that he did all that damage to Indiana schools knowingly (because he was a puppet of some larger, more powerful people and forces) or unknowingly (which would make him a blundering fool).

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