Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bennett Resigns as Florida's Education Commissioner

Still defiant about the "malicious, unfounded reports" of rigging Indiana's school grading system to favor a donor's charter school, Tony Bennett stepped down today as Florida's commissioner for education. After a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott, who had praised Bennett yesterday, Bennett decided to resign rather than become a distraction to the governor's education initiatives. Bennett asked Indiana’s inspector general, David Thomas, to investigate the matter, and feels confident he will be exonerated. Here is New York Times coverage, and you can see more in-depth coverage from the Indy Star here; this includes video of Bennett's resignation speech.

Here is Chris Hayes' commentary on the "culture of corruption" reflected in Bennett (thanks for the tip to Mike Smith).

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