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What's up with former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett?



UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that Tony Bennett is ineligible to serve on the county council and has said he will step aside.

ORIGINAL POST: Tony Bennett lasted as Florida's education commissioner less than a year, making slight inroads into changing Florida's testing and school grading culture before resigning to focus on troubles in Indiana, where he came from.

He laid low for some time, fighting accusations against him and, occassionally, resurfacing in Florida to tout Common Core-related educational materials.

This week, Bennett returns to the public arena as a newly appointed member of an Indiana county council. The Indianapolis Star reported that Bennett agreed to take the post to make a positive contribution to his community.

He told the Star he wasn't looking to rekindle his political star, which once shone brightly among national education "reform" circles. He was a close ally of former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

"My future aspirations are really just to serve our community however I can here locally," Bennett said.

Since Bennett's departure, Florida's education commissioner post has remained stable with Pam Stewart. Bennett was the third education commissioner to serve in Gov. Rick Scott's first term.

[Last modified: Friday, February 3, 2017 6:34am]


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