Costin to State Board: "It's personal to me"
While other candidates for Florida education commissioner came from out of state, one based her pitch for the job on her local connections.
Loretta Costin, the state's current chancellor for career and adult education, spoke with authority about the detailed operations and needs of the Florida Department of Education and the state's education system.
"There would be no learning curve with me," she told the board. "You could pass the baton to me tomorrow and I would be able to pick it up and run with it for the win."
Costin talked with ease about the 125 existing projects and initiatives before the department. She offered specifics about programs and priorities. She also made clear that, as a native Floridian with 26 years in the department, she has "skin in the game. ... It's personal to me."
Board chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan noted that it can be difficult to go from peer to boss, though. She asked Costin if that would be problematic.
"I have made tough decisions before," Costin responded. "I made them because you have to. You have to do what is best for the students and the communities and the adults that you serve."
Would Costin stay with the department if she doesn't win the post? "It would be my desire," she said.
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