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Schools Chief Deadline Extended



We're not going to know who's applied to be Florida's education commissioner for another week. After delays in reporting the final list of applicants, the state Department of Education put out a press release at 5:25 p.m. announcing that the deadline had been extended until Monday, July 23.

"By extending the deadline, we expect to expand the pool of applicants, offering the State Board of Education a robust list of candidates to consider," said Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg in the statement.

So far, at least 23 people have applied, although the Gradebook is hearing of candidates not yet on the state-released list. The original deadline was Friday. The website set up by Proact Search Inc., intended to allow the media and the public to follow the process, remains backlogged.

State education officials say the deadline extention will not change their timeline. They plan to name the new education commissioner in October.

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


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