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Seven more apply for Florida education commissioner post



With the deadline just six days off, the search for a new Florida education commissioner has added seven new applicants — but no heavy hitters of the caliber the State Board of Education is seeking — to the mix. That brings the total to 16 submissions.

The new candidates include the principal of an Illinois high school, a retired Midwest superintendent whose largest district had six schools, a Baltimore school principal, a retired Nevada superintendent, the superintendent of a 7,100-student Pennsylvania district,  the curriculum director for an Ohio county career center, and a department chair for an ITT Technical Institute in Minnesota. (Resumes attached below, except one that was too large.)

The State Board of Education is scheduled to consider extending the application past the Sept. 27 deadline during a conference call meeting on Tuesday. Representatives of the Ray and Associates search firm said they would give their assessment of the candidate pool and advise the board how to proceed at that meeting.

A year ago, the firm did recommend extending the application deadline after receiving 19 applications. Gerard Robinson, who had been Virginia education secretary, came up in the second round and took the post. After a rocky year on the job, Robinson resigned earlier this summer.

[Last modified: Friday, September 21, 2012 4:31pm]


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