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The Big Lies Behind the Tony Bennett Grade-changing Scandal

John Thompson | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

When "reformers'" tip the scales in order to help their allied schools, that is bad enough. The real scandal is their growing willingness to use dubious metrics to punish poor schools and their students in order to defeat political enemies.

Joy Resmovits

Florida Official Praised By Rick Scott Resigns Over Big Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics

Less than eight months after starting his job, Florida's education commissioner Tony Bennett resigned on Thursday, amid a growing scandal over policy ...

Top GOP Donor's School Got Special Treatment

AP | TOM LoBIANCO | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett built his national star by promising to hold "failing" schools acco...

Frames, Division Street & HandPicked: Conversations with Lee DeWyze, Harper Simon and Earl Klugh

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"With Cat Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel as your introductions, you're definitely in for a penny, in for a pound when it comes to the singer songwriters. It's hard to stop."

Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On this Fourth of July, let our passion for the music continue with this yearly celebration of these communicators, those who have been and continue to be so instrumental in bringing us this music we love so much.

Don Rickles "Rickled" at the Friars Club Roast -eh, Toast

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The night was not exactly like the baudy The Aristocrats, a film featuring comedians telling roughly the same story, each one raunchier than the one b...

A Battle for the American People

Tony Bennett | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Tony Bennett

When it is harder to obtain a library card than it is to buy a gun in this country, something is terribly wrong. I mean, would you let your neighbor drive 100 miles an hour in their car through your children's school zone?

What Do Juanes And Gloria Estefan Have In Common?

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.17.2013 | Latino Voices

Gloria Estefan, Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, and more Hispanic stars come together to become one voice against violence in the United States. In a momen...

Paul McCartney Joins Anti-Gun Violence Efforts

AP | Posted 06.17.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Paul McCartney added his voice to Tony Bennett's campaign against gun violence Wednesday. The former Beatle recorded a voice message...

Dog Ears Music: Taxes and Other Misfortunes Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by John Coltrane & Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Charles Mingus, Sophie Tucker, and more.

Phil Ramone, Magical Genius Who Elevated His Artists' Music Passes

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.30.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Levin, J.D.

The legendary, yet humble, recording genius Phil Ramone, 72, whose influence across a stunning spectrum of popular music for decades has passed away in New York. CNN stated, "His collaboration credits are a Who's Who of the music industry."

Big Stars Honor Amy Winehouse

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Tony Bennett doesn't think Amy Winehouse's life was tragic. He believes the singer who died at age 27 lived a complete life because s...

Tony Bennett 'Can't Wait' To Work With Lady Gaga

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — They haven't hit the studio yet, but Tony Bennett says he "can't wait" to record his next album with Lady Gaga. The 86-year-old said...

Lawyer Pays Price For Claiming Madeleine McCann's Mom And Dad Cause Her Death

Posted 02.22.2013 | Crime

The parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann won a court case against a retired lawyer who'd published letters alleging they were responsible for thei...

A Compendium of Encounters -- Including Excerpts From My Book On Rhino, My Life In The Ghost of Planets - The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was

Binky Philips | Posted 04.03.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Over my many years as a rock 'n' roll/pop culture freak, I've had my share of classic New York City encounters with celebrities and ummmmm, street life.

Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Set To Make Sweet Music Together

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.24.2013 | Entertainment

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will soon make sweet music together. Gaga and Bennett performed at the final inaugural ball on Tuesday night for Obama ...

LISTEN: Lady Gaga's Jazz Cover Of 'You And I'

Posted 12.17.2012 | Entertainment

Good news for little monsters! Lady Gaga has released a jazz cover of her hit, "You and I." The single was originally released in 2011, as a part ...

Florida's New Education Chief

Posted 12.13.2012 | Education

Tony Bennett, Indiana's outgoing Republican superintendent for public instruction, will move to Florida to serve as the state's new education commissi...

Tony Bennett Joins Marc Anthony And Latino Stars For The Holidays

Posted 12.08.2012 | Latino Voices

Tony Bennett, the legendary singer, joins top Latino artists for a TV special to be broadcast on the Univision Network under the title of "Merry Chris...

PHOTOS: Lighting The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

AP | DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 01.28.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — An 80-foot Norway spruce that made it through Superstorm Sandy was transformed into a beacon of shimmering glory Wednesday when New Y...

Dog Ears Music: Bankrupt on Selling Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 01.23.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Modest Mouse, The Velvet Underground, Fitz and the Tantrums, Sleater-Kinney, Honeycut and more.

Enrollment In Indiana Voucher Program Skyrockets In 2nd Year

Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

Enrollment in Indiana's school voucher program has more than doubled in the program's second year, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday...

On the Culture Front: North Sea Jazz Festival and Beyond

Chris Kompanek | Posted 01.19.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

I found myself in Rotterdam this summer covering the North Sea Jazz Festival, one of the largest of its kind that takes place each year in the seaside Dutch town just outside of the more famous "dam."

Joy Resmovits

Glenda Ritz Defeats Republican Schools Chief In Indiana Upset

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.07.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- When Indiana won the "Education Reform Idol" competition organized by the right-wing think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute, it was policy...

Controversial Grades For Schools Released In Indiana

The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind. | Sue Loughlin | Posted 01.01.2013 | Education

TERRE HAUTE -- Eighteen Vigo County schools received As and Bs, five received Cs, two scored Ds and two (including one now closed) got an F under the ...