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Gradebook podcast: Pam Stewart says goodbye. ‘We are, in Florida, at an all-time high.’

The retiring Florida education commissioner offers no advice to her chosen replacement, saying he already knows enough to do a good job.
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart speaks at a recent Florida Constitution Revision Commission committee meeting. [The Florida Channel]
Published Dec. 27, 2018

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.

Related coverage: With Richard Corcoran in charge, can Florida's education leaders find compromise?

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