INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Bennett is speaking out about the review delivered to legislative leaders Friday morning.
Bennett said he was thankful to the review team for what he called a thoughtful, in-depth study. The former Indiana Schools Chief has stayed away from the media and was waiting for the report to break his silence.
He spoke to RTV6 about the controversy that cost him his job as Florida’s Education Commissioner.
“I want to go back to the report. I think point number four in the executive summary of the report is a very clear vindication. Because, again, we have to go back to the original allegation that we fixed grades for a donor and that we manipulated grades for a school, and that point number four on that report clearly says that that didn’t happen and that what we did was apply the rule to all schools. So, I do feel vindicated,” Bennett said. “I thought they spent a tremendous amount of time and gave an incredible amount of effort to come up with a very thoughtful, and frankly, a very good report."
Bennett asked the State’s Inspector General to also review the allegations in a letter he sent Aug. 1.
The Inspector General does not talk about pending, possible or ongoing investigations.
Based on a 2012 annual report, the office reported receiving 300 complaints in 2011 and took about nine days to determine which cases to accept.
There was no word if Bennett’s case was among the 2013 cases that the office is investigating.