UPDATES after the bump. Newest at the end.
From Peter Schorsch in his Saint Petersblog:
Embattled education commissioner Tony Bennett has notified Governor Rick Scott he intends to resign today, according to a source close to the state board of education (the Tampa Bay Times‘ Steve Bousquet is now also reporting that Bennett will resign).
Just yesterday, Scott told Channel 5 in West Palm Beach that Bennett is “doing a great job.”
Bennett has been the center of controversy since the Associated Press reported that school grades in Indiana, where he previously worked, had been changed to benefit a political donor.
UPDATE: Tampa Bay Times reports same
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida education official says the state’s education commissioner will resign because of allegations he changed a charter school’s grade during his previous job as Indiana’s school chief.
The official told The Associated Press of Tony Bennett‘s resignation on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to disclose the information before a formal announcement. The official says Bennett will resign because of the scandal surrounding Christel House Academy, an Indiana charter school run by a major Republican donor.
UPDATE: Jeb Bush’s Foundation is continuing to spin the Bennett emails
UPDATE: FLDOE press conference at 11 AM eastern time