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Ten more apply to become Florida education commissioner



Another 10 applicants have joined the field seeking to become Florida's next education commissioner. The job came open when Gerard Robinson resigned after one rocky year in the post. The Florida Board of Education at one point hoped to have a permanent replacement hired by now, but pushed the application deadline back to Nov. 30 after the first round of resumes proved less than encouraging.

The latest group includes some hopefuls offering different types of experiences. Among them are:

  • William Forrester, a retired U.S. Army brigadier general now working in the defense industry
  • Jerald Tsekas, a mid-level administrator with the New York City Department of Education
  • Robert Murray, a retired principal and Title I migrant coordinator for Collier County schools

Others in the mix were a Jacksonville "artist in education," a Defense Department software engineer, a chaplain, a glass salesman and a couple of small district superintendents. They joined 34 others who have submitted applications. See more details here.

Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Education Association president Andy Ford both have said they wouldn't mind seeing interim commissioner Pam Stewart take the job permanently. Stewart hasn't applied, but also hasn't ruled out the idea.

Candidate interviews are scheduled for early December in Tampa.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 6:25am]


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