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State to Name Interim Education Commish

State to Name Interim Education Commish

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (970 WFLA/ AP)- Florida is going to pick an interim Education Commissioner now that Tony Bennett has resigned.

The State Board of Education has scheduled an emergency meeting for Friday. The panel is expected to name Pam Stewart as Interim Commissioner.

Stewart currently serves as the State's Chancellor of Public Schools.

She was interim commissioner last year before the board appointed Bennett as Education Commissioner. Bennett had been the top schools official in Indiana but he was defeated when he ran for re-election.

Bennett abruptly resigned Thursday from his job amid allegations that he changed the grade of a charter school run by a major republican donor during his previous job.

Bennett maintained he had done nothing wrong but said he did not want to be a distraction for Gov. Rick Scott.


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