Bidders question Bennett/DOE contract connections

The Indianapolis Star reports some skepticism over the Indiana Department of Education’s $500,000 contract with Marian University — whose education department employs Tina Bennett, wife of education superintendent Tony Bennett — to direct a training program for Indiana principals. Principals who go through the program, dubbed the Turnaround Leadership Academy, will be assigned to lead rejuvenation efforts at low-performing schools. Tony Bennett announced the contract last week in a news release that also quoted Marian president Daniel Elsener, a member of the Indiana State Board of Education. The board oversees education policy making, raising further questions among critics about Marian University’s connections to state education leadership. The Department of Education said staffers gave Marian the top evaluation of the eight bidders.

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