Yecke seeks top job
Yecke, who has led the education systems in Virginia and Minnesota, describes herself in her 15-page application as an "extremely motivated education policymaker/administrator" who seeks with a "sense of urgency" to "accomplish the moral objectives of ensuring a quality education for all children and closing the the achievement gap."
Despite her position in the current administration, Yecke doesn't necessarily have the inside track to the commissioner's seat, which has been open since John Winn retired in February. She has gotten blasted lately in the blogosphere for her (disputed) views on intelligent design while Minnesota's education commissioner, and there seems to be a campaign against her running Florida's education show. (Her nomination to the Minnesota job was contentious, too. The state Senate ultimately rejected her confirmation.)
Three other new candidates have put in for the post, as well. They are John Jones, dean of computer information at West Virginia Northern Community College; Robert Jennings, president of Alabama A&M University; and G. Ellis Gary, a school administrator in Dothan, Alabama. The deadline is tomorrow. To see who's in the mix, including their resumes and applications, visit the search web site.