Former ed commissioner Tony Bennett accepts $5,000 fine in ethics settlement

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Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett admits using state resources for political purposes and has agreed to pay a $5,000 ethics fine.

In his settlement with Indiana’s inspector general, Bennett says his state and campaign staffs coordinated daily scheduling at his Statehouse office and used state equipment. He also states that Republican campaign fundraising lists were collected by his Statehouse staff in January 2013.

A copy of the settlement was obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday. The State Ethics Commission is scheduled to review the settlement Thursday.

Bennett resigned as Florida’s schools chief last August after the AP published emails showing he changed Indiana’s school-grading formula to help a donor’s charter school. State inspectors say in the settlement they could not find any ethics violations in the grade-change.