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Commissioner Bennett takes on another new challenge



Florida lawmakers and education leaders are clamoring for a "Plan B," just in case the state's transition into the Common Core and related tests falls flat. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Education Association are pushing for reforms to the state's teacher evaluation model. Schools have technology needs, professional development demands and a host of other issues, all of which are falling in the Florida Department of Education's lap.

None of which is preventing education commissioner Tony Bennett from taking on yet another task.

"I'm going to become more bilingual," Bennett told the Gradebook. "I'm teaching myself Spanish."

He said it simply makes sense, as he moves from Indiana to the highly diverse Sunshine State, where many students and probably even more parents count Spanish as their first (and sometimes only) language. So in addition to all the work of the state, the 52-year-old English speaker will tackle a new tongue. Maybe you can help him out: Send him an email in Spanish, or next time you see Bennett, talk to him in Spanish.

Buena suerte, comisario.

[Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 2:36pm]


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