INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Tony Bennett school grading scandal could have a bearing on the next Presidential election. That's because Jeb Bush is considering a run for President in 2016 and aside from Tony Bennett, Jeb Bush may be the person who is hurt most by the grading scandal.
The A to F grading system Tony Bennett is accused of manipulating was started in Florida under Jeb Bush. It didn't exist in Indiana when the former Florida governor was invited to attend an Indiana Education Roundtable meeting in 2009.
"Success is never final and reform is never complete," Bush told the Roundtable then.
Not only did Tony Bennett copy the Bush example as Indiana State School Superintendent, he and the former governor developed a close relationship. After the grading scandal broke and before he resigned the Florida job that Bush helped him land, Bennett sent an email to Bush and former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels. In it, he calls the Florida system "a model for America."
Meantime, Bush confirmed over the weekend that he is mulling a run for the White House in an interview with WLS Radio in Chicago.
"The decision will be is it, can I put my heart and soul into this and is it right for my family?" he said. "But that's a decision a year away."
And that brings us to this week and headlines that no longer portray Bush as a national leader on educational issues, including one at Politico.com. It suggests the Bush education legacy has been damaged.
Florida newspapers are running stories that go beyond that indicating that the scandal has hurt his chances in 2016.
But in political terms, 2016 is a long way off and Jeb Bush is doing nothing to distance himself from Tony Bennett. He has publicly praised Bennett for his service in Florida and, when an article was written quoting that praise, he tweeted a link to it to his 91,000 Twitter followers.
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