Tony Bennett

Capital Report: 08-02-2013

Aug 2, 2013

Almost as soon as Tony Bennett stepped down as Florida’s education commissioner Thursday, the fallout began…in two different states.  As Stan Jastrzebski reports, the resignation of a man most people agree did nothing criminal in Florida nonetheless touched off a debate about whether school grades can be trusted in either state Bennett has led.

Tony Bennett's Resignation Causes Fallout In Two States

Aug 2, 2013
Stan Jastrzebski / WFSU News

Almost as soon as Tony Bennett stepped down as Florida’s education commissioner Thursday, the fallout began – in two different states. The resignation of a man most people agree did nothing criminal in Florida nonetheless touched off a debate about whether school grades can be trusted in either state Bennett has led.

Tony Bennett exited an elevator before Thursday’s press conference and he was all smiles – looking the part of a politician trying to make a good impression.  He was still trying to make a good impression when he made his way to the podium.

The Florida Channel

It all started when Gov. Rick Scott traveled around the state late last year on what he called his education listening tour. He said, he heard at school after school, teachers and principals felt burdened by paperwork

“Last year, I organized a group of superintendents to find all their ideas of how we can eliminate regulations, eliminate rules, that are impacting teachers’ time in the classroom,” he said on Monday.

Fla. Gov. Scott Signs Landmark Education Reform Bill

Apr 22, 2013
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an education bill into law today on Monday that he says should help more high school students graduate and go on to do a job that suits them. The bipartisan bill would give students more ways to earn a high school diploma, including through technical certification programs.

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz was all smiles Monday morning before the bill signing.

“This is the most important piece of legislation I have worked on in the seven years I have been in the Florida Senate,” he said.

FLDOE

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett has been on the job for about a month but he’s already got a year’s worth of issues piling up on his desk. Bennett met with a group of North Florida School Superintendents Friday, fielding questions on everything from the state’s controversial new evaluation process, to funding the merit pay part of the merit pay law. Bennett says he’s open to suggestions from superintendents on how to improve the evaluation system, which teachers say is unfair.                               

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

Florida is getting a new education commissioner in the next few weeks and the woman who has been holding down the position in the meantime says she’s ready to step out of the spotlight.

Teacher Union, Parent Groups Slam Bennett Appointment

Dec 13, 2012

Bennett was one of three finalists the State Board of Education  interviewed this week after 64 people applied for the position Gerard Robinson vacated this summer. Bennett comes from Indiana, where, last month, voters did not retain him as that state’s schools superintendent.

Before taking the official vote on Wednesday, Florida’s Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand said, he happened to be seated next to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels at a conference last week, and he asked him bout 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.

Indiana’s outgoing education chief has submitted his name to become Florida’s next education commissioner.

Tony Bennett was one of 10 candidates who met the Friday deadline to apply for Florida Education Commissioner. Bennett’s name had been mentioned in the last education commissioner search but at the time he was still the head of Indiana’s education system and said “no thanks” to the job.