William J. Bennett, former Education Secretary under President Reagan, has stepped down as chairman of virtual schooling provider K12 Inc. amid heavy criticism of remarks he made on his daily radio show in September.

Bennett's comments on his show, "Morning in America," came in response to a caller's question regarding a recent book that suggested an increase in the abortion rate has helped reduce the crime rate.

Bennett said: "I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose,

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