Two withdrawals, one endorsement
The small field of candidates for Florida education commissioner shrank by two today, giving the State Board of Education even fewer options for its next leader. Stephen Stohla, superintendent of Alliance, Ohio, schools, and Sandra Tuttle, a practice coordinator at an Indiana hospital, pulled out of the process just two days after the extended application deadline.
The Palm Beach Post, meanwhile, trashes some of the remaining candidates - including K-12 chancellor Cheri Yecke and former Michigan superintendent of public instruction Tom Watkins Jr. It lends its support to anyone who would sweep "Jeb's acolytes" out of the department. Read: former K-12 chancellor Jim Warford, whose appointment the Post editorializes would be "historic."