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Five Florida education commissioner candidates coming: How'd we do?



The Florida Board of Education will interview five, not six, candidates for Florida education commissioner this afternoon at the Tampa Airport Marriott. Each hopeful will get about an hour, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

First up is Stacia Smith, also a finalist for Ohio's top education job. Next comes former New Jersey commissioner Bret Schundler, followed by Florida chancellor for technical and career education Loretta Costin, academic Thomas Jandris and Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson.

The order is interesting, isn't it? Board members can compare Robinson, the putative front runner, against all the others and then decide whether to offer him the job on the spot, or not. Some members have signaled they might be willing to make an offer today if all the stars align.

For the record, we picked four of the five interviewees correctly. Sorry, Dr. Jandris. How did you fare? And, what do you think of the list?

We'll attend the interviews and keep you updated.

[Last modified: Monday, June 20, 2011 11:04am]


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