Might Indiana superintendent stunner yield Florida commissioner candidate?
In an unexpected turn for education "reformers," Indiana superintendent of public instruction Tony Bennett narrowly lost his reelection bid Tuesday. Bennett, considered in many circles a leading figure in the education accountability movement, chairs the Chiefs for Change organization that's part of Jeb Bush's foundation.
His loss gives new meaning to the Florida Board of Education's decision to push back its deadline for education commissioner applicants, with some members pointedly noting that the Nov. 6 election results might yield up some hopefuls who weren't looking for jobs.
Now at least one board member is saying Florida might be smart to pursue Bennett for the Tallahassee vacancy. "Tony Bennett has been one of the very best commissioners in the nation," board member Roberto Martinez of Coral Gables said via e-mail. "I hope he has an interest in applying to serve as the Commissioner of Education for Florida."
Some national education observers have suggested on Twitter that the idea of bringing Bennett to Florida makes sense, if he's willing. Stay tuned.