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Do or die time for Florida commissioner search



Today's the deadline for anyone who's interested to apply for Florida's education commissioner job. So far, it hasn't drawn the big names that top officials had hoped to see.

The latest applicant, arriving late Thursday, was an assistant principal from Jefferson Elementary School in Monticello. (Jefferson County has just two schools.) A final list of candidates should be available late in the evening, or perhaps Monday, depending how quickly the search firm and Department of Education connect.

Barring the last-minute arrival of a superstar or two, what's the state to do? Extend the search again?

The State Board of Education already gave everyone two extra months to show their interest. Nothing happened. A year ago, the State Board extended its search for the same reasons. It wound up with a finalist pool that many considered lackluster, with the chosen candidate Gerard Robinson lasting just a year.

Does such a dearth of high quality candidates mean there's really no interest? In the state that Jeb Bush is traveling the country touting as a model of education reform? Is it the search firm? Is it Florida? Let's hear your thoughts, while we wait to see what happens next.

[Last modified: Friday, November 30, 2012 6:32am]


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