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Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, defended his controversial efforts at reforming Indiana’s schools, which included the state takeover of four IPS Schools this year. In an expansive Afternoons with Amos interview, Bennett, the Republican incumbent running for re-election, defended his turbulent four years which included greater school public school accountability, increased emphasis on tests like ISTEP and the new IRead, school takeover, school accountability, teacher evaluations, changing  how one becomes a teacher and greater scrutiny and accountability for state funded universities. Bennett, in the interview, also talked about special education, the problem of diversity and racial bias in the education system.  Bennett also touched on his plans, if re-elected, to perhaps have the state take over poor performing school districts, not just individual schools. And Bennett talked about the need for Indiana to improve early childhood education, which could include imposing minimum state educational standards for preschools.

Click the Arrow to Hear Dr. Tony Bennett’s Full Interview. Runs 54 Minutes ©2012 WTLC/Radio One