Indiana education chief Tony Bennett applies for Florida commissioner post
Ending all speculation, ousted Indiana superintendent of public instruction Tony Bennett issued a statement Monday that he has applied for Florida's education commissioner job.
"The Sunshine State's consistent commitment to providing all students a top-notch education is impressive and inspiring," said Bennett, considered a leader in the national education reform movement. "I look forward to participating in the next stages of this process."
Bennett lost his reelection bid in November, in part for his strong support of the movement to the Common Core standards for math and English. He is chairman of Jeb Bush's Chiefs For Change organization. More on Bennett from the Indianapolis Star.
The Florida Department of Education has yet to release the full list of candidates for the job, for which the application deadline passed on Friday. Department spokeswoman Cynthia Sucher told the Gradebook that it did not appear that interim commissioner Pam Stewart applied for the job.
Finalist interviews are scheduled for next week Tuesday, with a vote by the State Board of Education coming as early as the following day.