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Afternoon Announcements: A Roundup of News on Tony Bennett’s Resignation as Florida’s Chief Education Commissioner

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August 02, 2013 03:13 pm

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Tony Bennett resigned on Thursday as Florida education commissioner after allegations of altering school grades in his previous post in Indiana. “The decision to resign is mine and mine alone, because I believe that when this discussion turns to an adult, we lose the discussion about making life better for children,” Bennett said. Miami Herald

Tony Bennett, who served as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction until November of last year, has been accused of pushing his staff to alter that state’s letter-grading system to boost the Christel House Academy charter school from a “C” to an “A.” The founder of the charter school was a friend and campaign donor to Mr. Bennett. Wall street Journal 

Twitter has been buzzing with the news of Tony Bennett’s resignation. Here’s a roundup of some of the reactions.Politics K-12

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan weighed in on Tony Bennett’s resignation, as well. Duncan didn’t defend Bennet, but “he doesn’t seem worried at all about the larger implications of the Tony Bennett grading scandal,” a reported noted after an in-depth interview with him. Read more from the interview. Politics K12

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