Florida Commissioner of Education

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Florida Commissioner of Education
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $22,095,398,530
Term limits:  None
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
Current Officeholder

Pam Stewart.jpg
Name:  Pam Stewart
Assumed office:  September 1, 2013
Compensation:  $275,00
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The Florida Commissioner of Education is a state executive position in the Florida state government. The commissioner serves as the chief educational officer of Florida and administrative head of the Florida Department of Education.

Current officeholder

Pam Stewart is the current interim 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.[1]

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[2] in the wake of Associated Press reports suggesting that Bennett had tampered with a charter school's grading system while serving 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.[3][4]


The office of commissioner of education is mentioned in the state constitution, but is formally established by state law.[5]

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.

Florida Constitution, Article IX, Section 2

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.

Term limits

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."[5]


  • Florida Colleges
  • Public Schools
  • Career & Adult Education
  • Accountability, Research & Management
  • Finance and Operations
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Blind Services[6]

State budget

The budget for the Office of the Commissioner of Education in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 was $22,095,398,530.[7]



In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $275,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2010, the commissioner of education received a salary of $275,000, the third highest education commissioner/state superintendent salary in the United States.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

Address: Turlington Building, Suite 1514
325 W. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: (850) 245-0505
Fax: (850) 245-9667

See also

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