Florida Education Commissioner

After a failed re-election bid to run Indiana’s school system, Florida’s state Board of Education unanimously picks Tony Bennett to oversee Florida’s public schools and colleges. With only a few weeks on the job, Bennett talks about his career in education, his election defeat in Indiana, school safety concerns with the gun control debate and his vision for Florida’s educational future.

Host: Trimmel Gomes

Guest: Florida Education Commissioner, Tony Bennett

Three people out of a crowded field of more than 60 applicants have been chosen to interview for the state’s open position of Florida Education Commissioner, including the recently-ousted education leader of Indiana.

The state board continues it's search for Florida's next education commissioner, after board Chairman Gary Chartrand said, "we’re not going to lower our standards here."

Chartrand made that statement right before the board voted to extend the deadline for applications, voicing disappointment with the 16 people who had already applied.

Outside of official discussions on the matter, one name keeps popping up. Pam Stewart.

Right now, Stewart holds the title of "Interim" Commissioner of Education, assuming the post after Gerard Robinson resigned back in August.