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Latest Education Scandal Buoys Critics Of High-Stakes Testing as Scott Scrambles

| August 5, 2013

Critics of the state’s education policies are seizing on serial resignations in the education commissioner’s seat, arguing that the problem is less the person on the job than the state’s accountability system. Tony Bennett was a strong supporter of that system, adding a twist of irony to his resignation in the wake of reports that he tweaked the Indiana school report card formulas to help a school founded by a political contributor.

Florida Education Commissioner Defends Grade Inflation as Bush Rallies to His Side

| July 30, 2013

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Bennett said it was “absurd” to believe he inflated grades to help a donor because of her political contributions to Bennett, but criticism of Florida’s education commissioner persisted.

Florida Education Commissioner Bennett Changed School Grading System in Indiana to Benefit a Donor

| July 29, 2013

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett and his then-Indiana employees “frantically overhauled” Indiana’s school-grading system last year (just as Florida’s was last year and this year) when it looked like one of his political contributors’ schools might get a “C,” the Associated Press reported.

Most Flagler Schools’ Grades Drop, Following State Trend, As Tougher Standards Kick In

| July 26, 2013

In Flagler County, not a single school saw its grade improve and five fell back a grade, though two maintained their A rating: Indian Trails Middle School and Belle Terre Elementary. Grades would have been worse had the state Board of Education not agreed to artificially prop them up, limiting grade drops to a maximum of one letter grade.

Fail-Safe: Education Commissioner Recommends Artificial Prop-Up of School Grades

| July 15, 2013

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will ask the State Board of Education next week to prevent schools from dropping by more than one letter grade on the state report card in an effort to counter what superintendents say could be an alarming drop in grades.

Flagler Supervisor of Elections Office Tops State Performance Rankings That Anger Others

| April 27, 2012

Other supervisors of elections are angry over the nature of the survey, calling it inaccurate, but Weeks is almost certain to use the results as vindication of her tenure after nearly four years of conflict with the Flagler County Commission over her budget and confrontational style.

Sunshine Sunday: Beyond Transparency, Government Records Must Be Accessible

| March 13, 2011

Government transparency and access to government records are not the same, says First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Peterson, though access to any record not exempt by law is every citizen’s right.

Florida Medicaid Audit Reveals Shockingly Poor Oversight

| May 18, 2010

Lax state oversight of Medicaid is fueling runaway costs in the health program covering 2.7 million poor and elderly Floridians.

Conklin to Crist: Children Are More Than Test Scores

| April 11, 2010

Flagler School Board member Colleen Conklin urges Gov. Charlie Crist to veto Senate Bill 6, which she terms “political” and “inappropriate” for children’s education.

Stolz to Crist: I Am Tired of Teachers

| April 11, 2010

Peter Stolz, a former teacher from Palm Coast, urges Gov. Charlie Crist to sign Senate Bill 6 into law.

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