Top Bennett Aide Implicted in Grade Scandal Resigns Florida Post

From Jeffrey S. Solochek from the Tampa Bay Times Gradebook:

Dale Chu, chief of staff to former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett, resigned his post one day after his boss quit the department.

Chu came to the Florida Department of Education with Bennett from Indiana, where he had been assistant state superintendent, overseeing Indiana’s education reform initiatives. He came as part of a team of Indiana transplants whom Bennett relied upon as some of his core advisers.

Chu’s name also appeared on several of the emails that became the crux of an Associated Press report indicating that Bennett had changed the school grade of a charter school run by a political supporter. The story led to Bennett’s abrupt resignation.

So far, Chu is the only one to depart, FLDOE spokesman Joe Follick said. His resignation is official on Sept. 3, but he will be on leave until that date, according to his brief letter to interim commissioner Pam Stewart

Up until three hours ago, Chu had been defiant on his TWITTER acct. He also had been part of the spin doctoring in the early hours of the scandal.




About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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One Response to Top Bennett Aide Implicted in Grade Scandal Resigns Florida Post

  1. geauxteacher says:

    I bet there are t least a few very relieved FDOE employees. I know that would be the case in Louisiana although the TFA population has taken over.

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