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After Being Exposed by Politico, State Ed Equity Chief Resigns

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The man leading California's public school equity efforts resigned Tuesday amid a scandal about his residence and hiring. (Shutterstock)
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Well, that didn’t take long.

Just days after Politico reported that the highly-paid leader of California’s education equity program lived in Philadelphia, Daniel Lee resigned amid criticism over both the long-distance arrangement and how he was hired.

Politico delivered the news of Lee’s resignation in a story published Tuesday night.

Lee Made Nearly $180K a Year

In addition to living 2,500 miles from work, the 51-year-old Lee also operated a business in Philadelphia.

Lee’s state salary was $179,832, and his 18-page resume showed no experience in California or relationships with school districts in the state. He and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond are close friends.

California’s human resources department told Politico that state workers can live elsewhere under rare circumstances. One example: when out-of-state residency is required for duties such as lobbying Congress.

“Following updated guidance from CalHR, Dr. Lee offered, and we have accepted, his resignation,” a state Department of Education spokesperson said Tuesday night.

Read more at Politico.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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