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Scott, Bush praise outgoing education commissioner



Gov. Rick Scott had some kind words for state Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, who resigned from the post Thursday following a grade-fixing flap in Indiana.

“What I can tell you is Tony did a great job here,” Scott told The Palm Beach Post.

Earlier in the day, Bennett told reporters that Scott had been among his supporters, and had even encouraged him to remain in the role after the news broke on Monday. Bennett said he resigned to avoid further districations.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush also praised Bennett Thursday, pointing specifically to his accomplishments as Indiana's education chief.

"Tony started every day with the focus of creating a system that would equip kids to achieve their God-given potential," Bush wrote in a statement. "Today, more Hoosier kids are graduating high school ready for college or a career and fewer are dropping out. Last year, the parents of nearly 10,000 children in low-income homes were able to select the school that best fit their son or daughter. Leadership is doing what is right, knowing the results will follow. The data is clear; thanks to Tony’s leadership children are better prepared for success."

Bush and Bennett are strong allies.

Bennett is active in Bush's alliance of state education officials called Chiefs for Change.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:10pm]


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