Bennett, ethics commission arrive at settlement 

By Alec Gray

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Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett has reached a settlement agreement in a case before the Indiana State Ethics Commission.

Bennett’s attorney, Jason Barclay, said details about the settlement will not be announced until Thursday’s meeting of the ethics commission.

The state inspector general filed a complaint with the commission in November accusing Bennett of breaking state rules by using government resources for political purposes.

The complaint said Bennett “improperly made use of state materials, funds, property, personnel facilities, or equipment for a purpose other than for official state business” when seeking re-election as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Bennett lost his re-election bid to Democrat Glenda Ritz.

The complaint before the ethics commission followed an Associated Press report revealed Bennett had sent emails urging changes in the A-F grading system to benefit a charter school he supported. Bennett resigned as the schools chief in Florida shortly after AP story was published.

Alec Gray is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students and faculty.

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