Outgoing Ind. schools chief Bennett seeking Florida position
The Associated Press December 3, 2012 12:26PM
Former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett | (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, file)
Updated: December 3, 2012 10:07PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s outgoing state schools superintendent says he’s applying to become the new Florida state education commissioner.
Tony Bennett is a Republican who lost his re-election bid after a four-year term in which he pushed for Indiana’s private school voucher program and oversaw the first state takeover of troubled public schools. About 50 people have applied for the Florida position, which is appointed by the state’s Board of Education.
Bennett tells The Indianapolis Star that he looks forward to the interview process for the Florida position.
Democrat Glenda Ritz will take over the Indiana Department of Education in early January. The suburban Indianapolis school librarian won election with the support of teachers who said they felt Bennett made them a scapegoat for school troubles.