Pam Stewart was counting down the days to her Jan. 8, 2019, retirement. Then suddenly she accepted an added year to her term as Florida education commissioner. Within weeks, she just as abruptly resigned, paving the way for incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis to get his hand-picked replacement, former House Speaker Richard Corcoran, into the seat.
With the winter holidays and her final day in office approaching, Stewart figured she'd have some time to wind down and navigate toward life after government service.
But she kept working straight through, offering a 15-minute window for a conversation with reporter Jeff Solochek about how she sees Florida education after her tenure, and where she thinks it's headed next.