- Florida's Board of Education is expected this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday, to choose the state's third education commissioner in as many years following the departure of Gerard Robinson earlier this year after less than a year on the job.
- The state struggled to attract applicants for the job, as Robinson's exit and the ouster of Eric Smith following Gov. Rick Scott taking office raised questions about the position's stability, but the removal of Tony Bennett from his position by Indiana voters in November (Florida's education commissioner was also an elected position until 2003) freed him up to apply for the job.
- The other two finalists who applied prior to the Nov. 30 deadline include consultant Charles Hokanson and Murray State University President Randy Dunn, and the board's final choice will have a lengthy to-do list ahead of him.
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The state Board of Education this week is set to pick Florida’s third education commissioner in as many years. The board will interview three finalists for the post this afternoon and could make a final decision Wednesday. The choice will chart the course for a state education system that faces a series of deadlines for major policy initiatives over the next two years. ...