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Orlando Sentinel: Orange County Schools superintendent up for LG



Our friends at the Orlando Sentinel published a story last night that Gov. Rick Scott might tap Orange County Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins as the state's next lieutenant governor. Remember, Jennifer Carroll resigned in March after she was questioned in the investigation over Internet cafes. Here's an excerpt from their story.

Neither Jenkins nor Scott would comment Tuesday. But sources told the Orlando Sentinel she was on his short list. And Tuesday night, Orange County School Board Chairman Bill Sublette said he was aware that Jenkins was interested in the lieutenant governor's job.

Sublette said he and other school board members already had discussed the possibility of losing Jenkins to the lieutenant governor's office.

"I think it's exciting, and I think she'd be a tremendous lieutenant governor," said Sublette. "I think it'd be a tremendous tribute to OCPS."

Jenkins, asked about the post at Tuesday night's school board meeting, said, "I can't talk about it."


And here's more background on Jenkins from the Sentinel:

Like Carroll, who was Florida's first African American lieutenant governor, Jenkins, 52, of Windermere, is black. She's also a registered Democrat.

But she and Scott have made numerous joint appearances in Orlando and in Tallahassee since Jenkins replaced Ron Blocker last summer as Orange school superintendent, and have gushed praise for each other.

That has particularly been true in recent few months, as Scott pushed for $2,500 pay raises for teachers and an increase in public education funding. Jenkins also served on an education task force for Scott.

Jenkins is a Winter Park High School grad who earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in education from the University of Central Florida.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7:21am]


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