Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott plans to resign from his job effective July 2, officials announced Tuesday.
Here's a picture of Scott and Perry, who both spoke at Westlake Academy's first graduation in May 2010. (right, by Paul Moseley)
Read more about Scott's departure on the TEA website: here.
And here's a report in the Texas Tribune.
After TEA's announcement late Tuesday, education groups started to weigh in on Scott's tenure.
Larry Shaw, executive director of the Fort Worth-based United Educators Association, said while he didn't always agree with Scott, he has been "pretty fair across the board."
In a brief telephone interview, Shaw discussed comments Scott made in January criticising the state's emphasis on standardized testing.
"I think he came through on testing. He basically said that we're holding our schools hostage with testing. He didn't use those words, but I agree with him on that," Shaw said.
In a statement, David Dunn, executive director of the Texas Charter Schools Association, called Scott a "committed advocate for education reform and promoting options for students and their families."