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Who will Crist pick?

Callaway Now that Donna Callaway (left) has resigned from the state Board of Education, the 7-member body no longer has a North Florida representative. In fact, it doesn't have anybody north of Tampa.

So will Crist fill the void with somebody from Orlando or Jacksonville or Pensacola? Will he reach back to his home base in Tampa Bay, like he did with his last pick, A.K. Desai of St. Petersburg? Will he name a teacher or another minority member?

The board has two former teachers - Phoebe Raulerson and Linda Taylor - and had three when Callaway was a member. Commissioner Eric J. Smith is also a former teacher.

The governor's office told the Gradebook last week that there is no deadline for applications, no applications in yet and no time line for a decision. The next board meeting is August 19.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:49am]


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