INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker asked Purdue
University's trustees to resign Tuesday for giving President Mitch Daniels
a bonus amid the recent firestorm over his efforts as governor to keep a
liberal historian's textbook out of Indiana classrooms.
Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary questioned the "collective sanity" in a letter
to the board after it voted Friday to award Daniels more than $58,000 for
his first six months on the job.
"I believe both your president and you, members of the board who supported
this conduct, will be acting in the public's best interest by resigning
your posts as soon as possible," Brown wrote. "While I suspect this
request will fall upon deaf ears, I think you all owe the Purdue community
and the general public a more thorough airing of the rationale for these
recent moves than we have seen to date."
The vote followed revelations that Daniels tried to keep Howard Zinn's
work out of Indiana K-12 classrooms while governor and wanted to ensure it
didn't count toward teacher training credit.
A Purdue spokesman said the trustees had not yet read the letter and would
Daniels ordered staff to "disqualify the propaganda" used in teacher
preparation courses in emails obtained by The Associated Press. He said he
wanted to keep Zinn out of K-12 and fully supports academic freedom.
Daniels appointed most of Purdue's trustees. Keith Krach, who stepped down
as board chairman minutes after approving Daniels' $58,000 bonus, said
last week knowing of the emails during last year's presidential search
would not have changed his mind on Daniels' selection.