Florida governor defends resigning education chief

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is defending the state's resigning education commissioner, saying he did a good job.

Scott's statement to reporters in South Florida came at the same time as a news conference in Tallahassee where Education Commissioner Tony Bennett announced his resignation.

The resignation comes days after The Associated Press reported that Bennett had changed the grade of a political donor's charter school when he was Indiana's education chief.

Scott said that he did not fire Bennett and that he resigned on his own.

Scott refused to answer questions about the accusations against Bennett in Indiana. Scott repeated only that he was pleased with Bennett's work in Florida.

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