Applications begins to trickle in for Florida education commissioner
With the deadline just two weeks off, nine candidates have submitted applications so far to become Florida's next education commissioner including one of the five finalists from a year ago.
Thomas Jandris, who called himself a "hybrid candidate" during interviews with the State Board of Education last summer, has again put his name in for Florida's top education job. Jandris is a vice president, dean and professor at Concordia University Chicago. Others vying for the post so far have quite a varied background. Among them:
Ana Rivas Logan, a Miami-Dade lawmaker who has served on the county School Board and as a school district administrator, as well as a professor at Miami-Dade College.
Michelle Crumpton-Harvey, chief operating officer of the Algiers Charter School Association in New Orleans
Ebbie Parsons III, partner of Blackboard Solutions charter school consulting firm and former chief operating officer of Hartford, Ct., schools
Representatives from Ray and Associates, the search firm advising the State Board, have said they expect the bulk of applications to arrive in the final days of the search, as many executives do not want their current employers to know they are considering another job. The deadline is Sept. 27. We have attached below all the current resumes provided by the Department of Education (except for Jandris, whose file was too large).