NEWSCAST: Meet Florida's New Education Chief

Dec 12, 2012

Indiana Superintendent Tony Bennett will be Florida's next education commissioner. The Florida Board of Education unanimously selected Bennett, a protege of former Gov. Jeb Bush. As Indiana's chief, Tony Bennett imported Florida education ideas to the Hoosier state. Board of education members cite Bennett's familiarity with new Common Core standards as Florida transforms how schools teach and test students. Bennett says he wants Florida to remain a national education reform 

Dr. Tony Bennett speaking in Indiana.
Credit The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation
  leader. "I think we have a great opportunity to capture Florida's moment," Bennett says. "To continue to get the results you've gotten and to continue to propel Florida to be the example for the rest of the country. Look forward to that challenge. Look forward to working with you and look forward to great things ahead." Bennett applied for the job after losing his reelection bid last month. He expects to start in mid-January and replaces Gerard Robinson, who resigned from the job in July.