Prof to students: Campaign for me, skip final exam
Here’s another in the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff annals:
A Florida state legislator who is also a tenured professor at Valencia Community College in Kissimmee offered his political science students a choice: They could skip their final exam if they agreed to volunteer for his campaign or for other candidates.
The offer by State Rep. John Tobia, a Melbourne Republican, occurred in 2008 but recently came to light in a recent article by Florida Today, and then in a formal complaint against Tobia, filed this month by a Malabar, Fl., councilwoman with the state Commission on Ethics.
Twenty students wound up volunteering for him, six helped other candidates. One student who initially complained to the school said she was not given a choice to volunteer for someone other than Tobia, according to a school memo from a dean who investigated the case and was included in the complaint.
School officials told him he couldn’t waive the final exam, and told him to keep his students out of his life outside class, but took no other action, according to Florida Today.
One more thing: Tobia is running for reelection.
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| May 21, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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