Fla. hires Stewart as new education commissioner

Published On: Sep 17 2013 05:56:34 PM EDT
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -

Florida's new education commissioner is Pam Stewart.

The Florida State Board of Education voted Tuesday to hire Stewart as the permanent successor to Tony Bennett. Bennett abruptly resigned from the job in August.

Stewart, 60, has been interim commissioner. The board decided to hire her for the permanent job instead of launching a national search.

Florida's education system has had a tumultuous summer dealing with both the resignation of Bennett and continued controversy over its A-to-F grading system and the transition to new standards.

But board members said they decided to hire Stewart because she knows Florida's system and is a supporter of Common Core State Standards.

Stewart becomes the fourth commissioner to serve under Scott since he took office in 2011.

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