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Schundler praises Florida education efforts, gets praise back



medium_schundler.jpgThe Florida Board of Education just wrapped its interview with former New Jersey education commissioner and two-time GOP candidate for governor Bret Schundler, who had plenty of good things to say about Florida's direction in education reform.

The things Florida is doing with teacher evaluations, testing and other initiatives are "things I've believed in for 20 years," Schundler, who noted he once was named the NEA's public enemy No. 1 for his early work with charter schools, told the board. "I can help you implement it well and fully."

"A lot of good decisions have already been made," he said. "It's all about executing the decisions well."

On hearing Schundler's explanations for why he was dismissed from the New Jersey commissioner post, board vice chairman Roberto Martinez praised Schundler. "It sounds like you fell on your sword," he said. "You sound like an honorable man."

Schundler took full responsibility for his department's application errors that led to its failure to win a Race to the Top grant at the time. 

"You can't manage without delegating," he said. "If you delegate responsibility and simply walk away, if the person fails you can always blame them, but it doesn't mean the job gets done."

Next up is Loretta Costin, Florida chancellor for career and adult education.

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[Last modified: Monday, June 20, 2011 4:30pm]


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