Tony Bennett resigned Thursday as Florida education commissioner following two days of controversy over school grades in his home state of Indiana, the Miami Herald reports. He made the announcement at a news conference in Tallahassee late Thursday morning. “The decision to resign is mine and mine alone, because I believe that when this discussion turns to an adult, we lose the discussion about making life better for children,” Bennett said. Coming to Florida from the Hoosier state last January, Bennett had faced mounting calls for his resignation in the wake of revelations, first reported by The Associated Press, that he interceded on behalf of an Indiana charter school run by a prominent Republican Party donor. On Thursday, he called those reports “malicious and unfounded.”
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