- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is standing behind state Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, who has found himself embroiled in a scandal dating back to his time as Indiana's schools chief.
- According to an Associated Press report released earlier this week, while serving as Indiana's education commissioner, Bennett changed that state's school grading system to raise the ranking of a high-profile Republican donor's charter school from a "C" to an "A."
- Despite the backing of former Gov. Jeb Bush's foundation and Scott's insistence that he is "doing a great job," Bennett is facing calls for resignation from Florida Democrats.
From the article:
... Scott's comments to Channel 5 are similar to a statement released by his communications director, Melissa Sellers:
"Commissioner Bennett is clearly committed to making Florida’s education system the best in the nation. He has been a leader in increasing accountability, ensuring teachers are fairly evaluated, securing a teacher pay raise and investing an additional one billion dollars in education funding this year."