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Florida's new education commissioner is Tony Bennett, former Indiana superintendent



ap_flco108_education_commis.jpgTony Bennett, Indiana's outgoing superintendent of public instruction, is headed to Florida to take on a similar job.

The Florida Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously selected Bennett as the state's new education commissioner, winding up a four-month search. The state needed a new commissioner after Gerard Robinson abruptly resigned a year into his tenure.

"His ability to be up to speed quickly would be very important for the state of Florida," board member John Padget said of Bennett.

Board member A.K. Desai praised Bennett for his pledge to stick to accountability and reform efforts, but also travel the state to hear how stakeholders can be more a part of the system.

"Bringing them on board will be absolutely necessary," Desai said. "He heard that from all of us … and he has expressed his willingness to take on that very important task."

"We have a great opportunity to continue Florida's moment," Bennett said, receiving applause after the unanimous board vote.

Story here. (Associated Press photograph)

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 1:01pm]


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