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Pickens His name has been on just about every list as a leading contender for Florida's education commissioner. But you can scratch state Rep. Joe Pickens from the list. Fresh from a family vacation, the House Schools and Learning chairman told the Gradebook today that he won't be applying for the job, which he considers one of the most important in the state. He wants to finish his House term, as the first Republican ever to serve Putnam County. He wants to keep his school-age son and daughter, who have no desire to uproot their lives, as happy as he can. And mostly, "it just doesn't feel right," said Pickens, who will remain a powerful state education leader regardless. "I wish whoever gets the job all the luck in the world." Only a handful of candidates have been announced publicly on the search website, while other names including K-12 Chancellor Cheri Yecke and Hillsborough superintendent MaryEllen Elia continue to pop up. The application deadline is Friday. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:19am]


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