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Another voice against an elected Florida education commissioner



Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he wants to keep the education commissioner position appointed by his appointees.

On Friday, the Florida Council of 100 joined him.

Council chairman Steve Halverson said having an appointed commissioner allows experts to do what they do best, and that under an appointee (Eric Smith) Florida's schools improved, the AP reports. The council backed the 1998 amendment ending voter selection of the education commissioner.

Appointees certainly might be more responsive to their bosses (and their advisers, no doubt) than elected officials, who have to deal with voters every four years. But then, there's something to be said for having the state's top education official holding qualifications beyond being a registered voter and state resident.

It's why so many districts have moved to appointed superintendents, after all. Tough call. What do you think?

[Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 1:51pm]


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