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Bennett expected to resign as Fla. education commissioner

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett talks about FCAT score improvement at Starkey Elementary School in Seminole in May.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett talks about FCAT score improvement at Starkey Elementary School in Seminole in May.

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Tony Bennett is expected to resign Thursday as Florida education commissioner following two days of raging controversy over a school grading controversy in his home state of Indiana.

Bennett, who came to Florida from the Hoosier State last January, has faced mounting calls for his resignation in the wake of revelations, first reported by The Associated Press, that he interceded on behalf of an Indiana charter school run by a prominent Republican Party donor.  His resignation will be a major setback for Gov. Rick Scott and state education leaders, who are working to overhaul Florida's system of school accountability and assessment in compliance with the national Common Core standards.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:12am]

    

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