TAMPA (AP) - The Florida Board of Education has taken the first steps toward hiring a new education commissioner after Gov. Rick Scott ousted the previous one.
The board met in Tampa Thursday to choose a vendor to conduct the candidate search. They also set the deadline for applications for May 25. Interviews with the top three candidates will be June 1.
Scott forced the resignation of Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith last month without consulting the board, leading chairman T. Willard Fair to resign in protest. Scott and Smith did not agree on education policies.
The education commissioner oversees Florida's public school system.