Want to vote for commissioner?
If the Senate has its way, you might get to do just that. It's been a while since voters put Charlie Crist into the education commissioner's seat, and since then, Jim Horne and John Winn have held the post as an appointed position. Now the job is vacant, held by Jeanine Blomberg in the interim as the State Board of Education seeks a replacement. SB 388 would change the dynamic. Senators voted 27-8 in favor of the concept. Among the opponents were Evelyn Lynn, who is said to be seeking the job, Education Committee chairman Don Gaetz, whose name also is being bandied about, and senators Alexander, Argenziano, Bennett, Fasano, Oelrich, Saunders and Storms. There's a similar bill in the House (HB 679), but it has yet to receive a hearing.