Tony Bennett, the disgraced and disgraceful Florida "commissioner" of education, resigned today after having had tons of pressure put on him to quit following his little cheating scandal in Indiana:
Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett resigned Thursday, three days after news broke that he had changed the grade of a donor's charter school while Indiana's education chief.
Bennett's abrupt departure sparked criticism that his actions hurt the credibility of Florida's school-accountability system. Some called for reforms, while others praised Bennett and were sad to see him go.
"It's not fair to the children of Florida that I continue as commissioner and deal with the distraction," Bennett said during a press conference in Tallahassee. "I end my tenure with my head held high."
Bennett was upside down when he said that.
More, more, more juicy details of the scandal are here:
Bennett resigned after a whirlwind of controversy this week about his work in Indiana. He called the controversy "politically motivated" and said he resigned to spare Scott and state education leaders from distraction.
"Because I don't believe we should be distracted, I made a decision today," he said. "The decision to resign is mine and mine only."
Bennett blamed "malicious, unfounded reports out of Indiana" for forcing him from office. Reports based on Bennett's e-mails as Indiana superintendent began with an Associated Press story and have been followed with stories in the Indianapolis Star and other media.
Among the revelations — that Bennett directed staff to reconsider a new system of A to F grades after Christel House Academy, operated by a donor to his campaign, dropped from an A to a C.
Bennett is trying to blame others for his misfortune.
He's corrupt, and that's all there is to it.