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Florida Board of Education calls emergency meeting for June 8

The Florida Board of Education has a little problem.

It extended its application deadline for a new education commissioner to June 6, with interviews waiting until late June. Current commissioner Eric J. Smith, meanwhile, plans to leave on June 10.

That creates a gap that the board would rather not have as school districts work to get new teacher evaluations approved, and the Department of Education moves ahead several Race to the Top initiatives, among other things.

So the board has called a special meeting for 8:30 a.m. June 8.

"The Commissioner of Education is the chief educational officer of the state and is responsible for giving full assistance to the State Board of Education in enforcing compliance with the mission and goals of the K-20 education system except for the State University System," the board stated in justifying the meeting. "The absence of a Commissioner creates an immediate danger to the K-20 educational system and as a result, this emergency meeting is necessary."

The meeting will be via conference call. It will be open for the public to listen.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 10:20am]


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