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Parents worry Florida grades need to be re-assessed after Education Commissioner resignation

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Updated: 8/01/2013 6:26 pm

ST JOHNS, Fla. -- Amid days of swirling controversy, Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett stepped down Thursday. He's accused of changing school grades while working in Indiana.

Many Florida parents are wondering what this means for their kids. Action News has learned we could see some serious damage control here at home.

"I'm kind of shocked. Especially if its grade tampering. That's bad," said Claudia Baker.

Local parents said they're glad he's no longer leading the way for their kids.

"If the allegations are true he did the right thing by resigning," said Shahed Talukdar.

Talukdar spent the afternoon at the library getting his two kids ready for the school year. He said despite the scandal, he's still confident in the Florida education system.

"Hey, we got good teachers in the school," he said.

But local education advocate and founder of the organization "50th No More" Colleen Wood said the damage has been done. And she said it calls to question Florida's grades.

"I think we are going to have to examine the grading system in Florida and see if there was any impropriety. It just slows down the process. What it really says to parents is we can't trust this system," she said.

While that's concerning to Talukdar, he said the best move may be to look to the future, not the past.

"I don't think they're going to go retroactively and fix all of our grades. I don't think they can do that. It's too much work and too many taxpayer dollars that could be wasted. But I think the grades need to be fixed going forward," he said.

Wood thinks the best solution to take the heat off Florida is to put a moratorium on school grades and have no school grades this year. That call would be up to the state school board.


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