Ind. leaders launch review of A-F grading scandal

Independent task force created

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's top lawmakers are creating a task force to review the state's "A-F" school grading system following the revelation former state schools superintendent Tony Bennett changed the grading formula for a Republican donor's charter school.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Friday the creation of an independent task force to review the school grading system.

John Grew -- Indiana University's executive director of state relations and policy analysis -- and Bill Sheldrake -- president and founder of Policy Analytics -- will lead the assessment. 

Long and Bosma sent a letter to Grew and Sheldrake asking for the review and specifying the purpose of it. 

Read: See the full letter from Bosma and Long

Bennett resigned his job as Florida's schools chief Thursday after emails obtained by The Associated Press were published showing his efforts to change the school grading formula for the Christel House charter school in Indianapolis.

Long said Tuesday he would seek an independent audit of the grading system. Democratic state schools superintendent Glenda Ritz says her office is conducting an internal review.


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