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Gov. Scott, State Board collaborating on commissioner search



From the Buzz:

Although the Florida Board of Education is ultimately tasked with finding the state’s new education commissioner, Gov. Rick Scott said he expects the person who gets the job to meet his approval as well.

“To have a successful relationship between the Board of Education and the governor means that they both have to be involved in picking a new commissioner,” Scott said. “And it’s got to be an individual that has the same beliefs that the Board of Education has and the governor has or otherwise it won’t work.”

Scott invited Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand to dinner at the governor’s mansion Wednesday night to talk about the search and other education issue. After dinner, Scott and Chartrand said they had common goals when it comes to selecting the next commissioner. More here.

One person who definitely won't be in the mix is Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia. She's been courted by people close to Scott, but remains a firm "no" when asked whether she'll apply for the commissioner job. Elia has said she remains committed to the Hillsborough district, where she's in the middle of implementing new teacher training and evaluation methods with the help of a big Gates Foundation grant. She doesn't want to leave mid-project.

With favorable reviews from Scott and FEA president Andy Ford, interim commissioner Pam Stewart's stock looks to be rising. But Stewart to this point has shown no interest in the permanent post. We're checking to see whether she might put in for the job, and will let you know.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:46am]


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