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Michelle Rhee for Florida education commissioner? Not likely



Eric J. Smith's surprise resignation announcement this morning fueled new speculation that former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee might change her mind and head to Florida to run the Department of Education. 

Mafara Hobson, press secretary for Rhee's StudentsFirst, dashed that notion.

"Michelle is committed to continuing her work with StudentsFirst to ensure that Florida's public schools and public schools across the country provide the best education and best teachers to their students," Hobson told the Gradebook. "And through the legislation that’s on its way to Governor Scott’s desk for his signature, we’re well on our way."

Rhee has served as Gov. Rick Scott's informal education adviser and plans to continue in that capacity.

Scott himself issued only a terse statement about Smith's pending departure: "On Friday, Commissioner Eric Smith informed my administration of his plan to leave the Department of Education. This morning he shared this news with his staff at the Department. On behalf of the state of Florida, I thank him for his years of dedicated service."

[Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 12:51pm]


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