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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett forces out 2nd education chief in 3 months

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 26 2013 03:19:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 26 2013 05:47:47 PM CDT

The first day of school for many students across Pennsylvania ended up being the last day on the job for the state's newest education secretary.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

The first day of school for many students across Pennsylvania ended up being the last day on the job for the state's newest education secretary.

Gov. Tom Corbett's office said Monday that the governor has asked for and received the resignation of his nominee for the job, William Harner, less than three months after he started.

Harner's removal is because of a personnel matter not party to his service to the state, said a Corbett spokeswoman, who declined to elaborate.

An administration official briefed on the matter, and speaking on condition of anonymity, said it involved multiple and inappropriate comments by Harner.

Harner told an Associated Press reporter earlier Monday as he was walking into the Capitol that he knew nothing about his nomination potentially being withdrawn and that he expected to be confirmed by the Senate next month.

Harner had previously served as the superintendent of the Cumberland Valley School District, a large suburban Harrisburg school district. He replaced Ron Tomalis on June 3.