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.