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Schools chief apologizes for “hurtful” blog posts

June 25, 2014 • National News


FILE – June 15, 2011 file photo shows Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal in Phoenix. Huppenthal says he is the author behind several anonymous blog posts that referred to welfare recipients as “lazy pigs” and Planned Parenthood as the cause of abortions among African-Americans, and that he sincerely regrets if his comments offended anyone. The comments date back to 2011 and were posted on political blogs. They touched on issues such as education, the economy, immigration and health care. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal broke down in tears Wednesday at the end of a news conference where he apologized for posting an anonymous blog comment that denigrated welfare recipients and other postings that were seen by some as racist.

Huppenthal was barely composed from the beginning of the packed news conference at the state Board of Education’s meeting room near the Capitol, but he finally Login to read more

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