• Fla. ready to pick new education commissioner

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida is ready to move quickly to find a permanent successor to former Education Commissioner Tony Bennett.

    The state board that oversees education is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to hire interim commissioner Pam Stewart for the job instead of launching a national search.

    State Board of Education member John Colon said that it would be beneficial to continue with someone experienced with Florida schools. He noted that Stewart has previously served as interim commissioner and has a proven track record.

    Stewart started her career as a teacher in Hillsborough County. She later became chancellor of public schools. She was named interim commissioner last month after Bennett abruptly resigned.

    Florida's education system has had a tumultuous summer amid complaints over standards and the school grading system.

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