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Two more Tony Bennett hires resign from the Florida Department of Education

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Two more Indiana transplants to the Florida Department of Education have tendered their resignations in the aftermath of former commissioner Tony Bennett's abrupt departure.

Deputy chancellor for strategic initiatives Anna Shults, who had been the department's Common Core standard bearer, and Katie Stephens, director of Common Core communications, both quit on Wednesday. Shults had been a literacy specialist in the Indiana Department of Education, while Stephens was Bennett's press secretary in Indiana.

"Our entire DOE team including Katie and Anna and our district partners have done a great job preparing teachers and parents for the implementation of Common Core State Standards. We will build on this effort and continue with this critical work," FLDOE spokesman Joe Follick said, adding that the department has yet to replace the women.

Interim commissioner Pam Stewart has replaced former chief of staff Dale Chu, a Bennett appointee who resigned the day after Bennett left, with deputy K-12 chancellor Kathy Hebda.

"Kathy brings a wealth of experience that will prove beneficial as we move forward," Stewart wrote Thursday in a memo to staff. "I know that those of you who know Kathy will agree that she is well respected within the building as well as throughout the state and can provide us with the stability and foresight that we need."

A fourth official who came here from Indiana, deputy commissioner for accountability Will Krebs, is expected to remain in his current position. 

[Last modified: Thursday, August 8, 2013 3:14pm]

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