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New Florida chancellor for innovation gets key assignments

Commissioner Richard Corcoran signed the job description less than a week ago.

One of the Florida Department of Education’s newest administrative hires appears in line to have some of the agency’s most critical challenges in his portfolio.

Eric Hall, the department’s first chancellor for innovation, is assigned as part of his recently released job description the task of implementing and executing all assigned orders and priorities from the governor, Legislature, and State Board of Education. That puts him in charge of some potentially hot-button issues such as evaluating the role of Common Core in Florida’s academic standards.

Since taking office, Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued education executive orders relating to K-12 standards revisions, early education accountability, and workforce training.

Hall, listed in the department’s online directory as directly within the commissioner’s office along with the chief of staff, also will be responsible for establishing and overseeing policy development, and implementation of “innovative strategies and key initiatives” for supporting improved student outcomes and “education successes." He additionally will be charged with ensuring the effective management of the department’s core divisions, such as public schools and colleges, with a focus on collaboration to achieve goals.

In many ways, his position is established as a second-in-command to the commissioner. It pays $160,000 a year, according to the department.

A product of Pasco County schools and the University of South Florida, Hall came to the department this spring from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, where he held a similar position. Before moving to North Carolina, he worked at Tampa-based AMIKids for eight years.

Hall has made the rounds to visit with school district officials in the area since taking on his role, and received generally favorable reviews so far. He has not been available to comment to the Tampa Bay Times. Perhaps we’ll catch up at the State Board meeting on Wednesday in Tampa.

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