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Indiana lawmaker seeks Purdue trustees' resignations

In this Thursday, June 21, 2012 file photo, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks after being named as the next president of Purdue University by the school's trustees in West Lafayette, Ind. Daniels pledged to promote academic freedom, not stifle it, when he became president at Purdue in January amid questions about his appointment and academic credentials. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show Daniels went out of his way during his second term as governor to destroy what he considered liberal breeding grounds at Indiana’s public universities. (Associated Press file photo)
In this Thursday, June 21, 2012 file photo, former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks after being named as the next president of Purdue University by the school's trustees in West Lafayette, Ind. Daniels pledged to promote academic freedom, not stifle it, when he became president at Purdue in January amid questions about his appointment and academic credentials. But emails obtained by The Associated Press show Daniels went out of his way during his second term as governor to destroy what he considered liberal breeding grounds at Indiana’s public universities. (Associated Press file photo)
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 08:11 am
INDIANAPOLIS — 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 not comment.

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.

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