Pennsylvania education secretary ousted over "unflattering" behavior

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Even before he could be confirmed, acting Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary William Harner has resigned from the Corbett administration.

In a terse statement Monday, Gov. Corbett said he asked for and received Harner's resignation. The governor did not give a reason.

According to three sources familiar with the matter, Harner's nomination was being pulled because further background checks unearthed what was described as "unflattering" behavior during his time running the Cumberland Valley School district just outside of Harrisburg, his most recent position.

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