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ANDERSON (AP) â€” Glenda Ritz says sheâ€™s dismayed by the tasks she faces succeeding Tony Bennett as Indianaâ€™s superintendent of public instruction.
Ritz told about 200 supporters that not only must she overhaul some of the changes Bennett made during four years in office and implement her own program, but now she must also deal with the investigation into Bennettâ€™s manipulation of school grades.
The Associated Press has published emails showing Bennett and his staff changed the school grading formula to raise the score of a campaign donorâ€™s charter school from a C to an A. School grades are used to determine how much money schools get and whether â€śfailingâ€ť schools are taken over by private operators.
Bennett has denied any wrongdoing, but he resigned as Floridaâ€™s education commissioner, a post he was appointed to after Ritz defeated his re-election bid in Indiana last year. The A-F school grading scale is one of the Bennett reforms Ritz spoke most sharply about changing during an open house Saturday at United Auto Workers Local 663.
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