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The rest of the resumes for Florida education commissioner

You asked for them, you got 'em. Here are the remaining eight applications for the candidates seeking to become Florida education commissioner. These are the ones who applied after the extended deadline, not including Virginia education secretary Gerard Robinson's, which we posted on Wednesday.

W.C. Gentry offers a lengthy, spirited explanation of why his candidacy deserves a closer look, despite his being a lawyer and not an educator. John Murphy could be a sleeper in the mix, having been a leading urban education reformer of the 1990s and a star name when big superintendent jobs came open during that time.

Give them all a read and let us know which candidates you think merit an interview with the Board of Education. (See the others in various past posts in our commissioner search category site.)

As a recap, the latests applicants are:

Bret Schundler, former New Jersey education commissioner, fired over a Race to the Top dispute. Schundler has vigorously defended himself.

Stacia Smith, superintendent of Clark County (Ohio) Educational Service Center, currently a finalist for Ohio education superintendent

W.C. Gentry, Duval School Board chairman

John Murphy, education consultant, former superintendent of Prince George's County, Md., and Charlotte, N.C., schools

Dennis Thompson, recently fired as Collier County schools superintendent

Lee Dury, virtual school teacher in Pasco County

Staci Gillen, Dunedin High School math teacher

Robert Ross, private school teacher in Bonita Springs

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 1:22pm]


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