Montford misses the cut, for now
Bill Montford, the former Leon County school superintendent who's now head of the state superintendents' association, was seen as a favorite Gov. Charlie Crist for the still-vacant post of state education commissioner. Crist praised Montford Tuesday as a friend and a man who has devoted his life to education.
A few hours later, the Board of Education voted 4-3 to reject Montford's bid for the job -- and those of three others -- saying their applications arrived after the July 23 deadline. In a hint of the backstage politics at work, three pro-Crist appointees on the board voted to extend the deadline to help Montford, while the other four, three of them Jeb Bush holdovers, said no. But one member said it's possible the search process could start all over again. More details here.