Florida Commissioner of Education
|Florida Commissioner of Education|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013-2014 FY Budget:||$22,095,398,530|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the Florida Board of Education|
|Authority:||Florida Statutes, 1001.10|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the Florida Board of Education|
|Assumed office:||September 1, 2013|
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Pam Stewart is the current Florida Commissioner of Education. Stewart stepped in to temporarily fill the role left vacant by the resignation of most recent officeholder Tony Bennett, effective August 1, 2013.
Tony Bennett unanimously won appointment as the next Education Commissioner of Florida on December 12, 2012, and took office on January 14, 2013. Bennett resigned his position August 1, 2013, in the wake of Associated Press reports suggesting Bennett had tampered with a charter school's grading system while in his prior role of Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. Bennett explained in a statement, "I don't believe it would be fair to be distracted" to continue serving as commissioner amid the abuse of office allegations. Bennett lost his 2012 re-election bid for Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Florida Statutes, 1001.10
The Commissioner of Education is the chief educational officer of the state and the sole custodian of the K-20 data warehouse...
There are no particular qualifications associated with the office of education commissioner.
Per the Florida Constitution, the commissioner is appointed by the Florida Board of Education, the state agency charged with establishing policy for the Florida's public education programs. Neither the constitution nor state law specify a term for the commissioner, suggesting he serves at the board's pleasure.
The state board of education shall appoint the commissioner of education.
In September 2011, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to make the education commissioner an elected office was proposed for inclusion on the state's November 2012 ballot. The proposed amendment must first be approved by 60% of the Senate and House.
There are no term limits associated with the office of commissioner of education.
There is no particular procedure for dealing with vacancies in the office of commissioner.
State law establishes the commissioner as Florida's "chief educational officer" and gives him administrative authority of the Florida Department of Education, the agency responsible for managing the state's K-20 educational programs. The commissioner's bailiwick includes elementary and secondary schools, as well as combination and adult schools.
The commissioner is required to organize the Department of Education and oversee its staff, act as custodian of the state's K-20 educational data warehouse, and assist the State Board of Education "in enforcing compliance with the mission and goals of the K-20 system."
- Florida Colleges
- Public Schools
- Career & Adult Education
- Accountability, Research & Management
- Finance and Operations
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Blind Services
The budget for the Office of the Commissioner of Education in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 was $22,095,398,530.
In 2010, the commissioner of education received a salary of $275,000, the third highest education commissioner/state superintendent salary in the United States.
There have been 26 Florida Commissioners of Education since 1868.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1868-Present|
|1||C. Thurston Chase||(1868–1870)|
|3||Rev. Charles Beecher||(1871–1873)|
|4||Jonathan C. Gibbs||(1873–1874)|
|5||Samuel B. McLin||(1875–1877)|
|6||William Penn Haisley||(1877–1881)|
|7||Eleazer K. Foster||(1881–1884)|
|8||Albert Jonathan Russell||(1884–1893)|
|9||William N. Sheats||(1893–1905) and (1913–1922)|
|10||William M. Holloway||(1905–1913)|
|11||William S. Cawthon||(1922–1937)|
|13||Floyd Thomas Christian||1969-1974)|
|14||Ralph D. Turlington||(1974–1986)|
|16||Douglas L. Jamerson||(1994–1995)|
|17||Frank T. Brogan||(1995–1999)|
|21||John L. Winn||(2004–2007)|
|22||Jeanine Blomberg||(interim) (2007)|
|23||Eric J. Smith||(October 5, 2007 – June 10, 2011)|
|24||Gerard Robinson||(June 11, 2011 – 2012)|
|25||Dr. Tony Bennett||(January – August, 2013)|
|26||Pam Stewart||(August 2013)|
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Turlington Building, Suite 1514
325 W. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 245-0505
Fax: (850) 245-9667
- Miami Herald Florida, Amid grading controversy, Florida education chief Tony Bennett resigns, August 1, 2013
- Tampa Bay Times, "Former Indiana superintendent is Florida's new education commissioner," December 12, 2012
- Tallahassee.com, "New Fla. education commissioner followed Bush lead," January 14, 2013
- Florida Statutes, "1001.10," accessed September 1, 2011
- Florida Department of Education, "Organizational Chart," accessed September 1, 2011
- Florida Fiscal Portal "Senate Bill 1500 - Laws of Florida Chapter 2013-040," 1-47, accessed June 17, 2013
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014