Former K-12 chancellor Jim Warford, who now heads the Florida Association of School Administrators, left the state Department of Education abruptly in 2005 and became one of its most vocal critics. Now he wants to return in charge. Warford is among the latest applicants for the vacant commissioner's job, which Jeanine Blomberg has held on an interim basis since March.
Blomberg, who has led the department through an FCAT scoring scandal, has not put in for the permanent job.
Twenty-three others did beat the Friday application deadline, though, including Cheri Yecke, who replaced Warford, and William Moloney, who led the Colorado education department for a decade until June.
The DOE's public information office released the full list of candidates late Friday, but unfortunately it did not include titles with each name. With monikers like Bennie Williams and Linda Wilson in the mix, you can understand how it's hard to track down exactly who each hopeful is. The search firm web site with all the documents won't be updated until Monday. Anyone who got their packet postmarked by the end of Friday also will be included as their papers arrive.
In the meantime, here are all the names on the list (you can click here to see more info on the candidates we've mentioned previously): John Jones Jr., G. Ellis Gary, Cheri Yecke, Robert Woody, Robert Jennings, Stephen Stohla, Simon Priest, Joseph Molloy, William Moloney, Emanuel Klimis, James Kador, Jim Warford, Joram Rejouis, Linda Wilson, Bennie Williams, Henry Hastings, Dannett Babb, John O'Sullivan Jr., Deena Stevens, Joseph Marinelli, Sandra Tuttle, Thomas Watkins Jr., and Cristina Trettner.