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Meet The Florida Board of Education

The Florida Board of Education oversees the Florida Department of Education. The Board is a committee of 7 members and the Commissioner of Education, which are all appointed by the Florida Governor to direct public K-12 & Community College education. Before 2003, the Commissioner of Education was originally a Cabinet-level position filled by an election. But by […]

Changing Chiefs: Tony Bennett Takes Over As Florida Education Commissioner

After Tony Bennett lost his reelection bid as Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Florida Board of Education quickly hired him to lead Florida schools. Bennett is a former science teacher, coach and administrator who first won election in Indiana in 2008. Bennett quickly made a friend and mentor in former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. […]


Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett Reaches Ethics Deal

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will pay a $5,000 fine as part of a proposed deal with Indiana ethics investigators, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Associated Press. Bennett admits using state resources for his 2012 reelection campaign. But Bennett was also cleared of any ethics violations related to changes […]

Tony Bennett Now Advising ACT on New Common Core Test

Testing firm ACT has hired former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett as a consultant for the new test tied to Common Core standards the company is developing, according to Education Week’s Catherine Gewertz. The company said Bennett would advise ACT as state’s decide which exam to choose for Common Core standards. From the story: ACT […]

Former Florida Schools Chief Tony Bennett Facing Indiana Ethics Complaint

Indiana’s Inspector General has filed an ethics complaint against former Florida education commissioner Tony Bennett for using state computers for campaign business in 2010. The Associated Press reported documents showed Bennett had kept a database of campaign donors on state computers and had asked staff to parse campaign speeches by Democratic opponent Glenda Ritz: This […]

What Education Experts Said About Tony Bennett’s Resignation

Every month, Washington, D.C.-based education policy firm Whiteboard Advisors anonymously survey “insiders” about their views on education issues. August’s survey is all about former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. Whiteboard’s insiders were evenly split — 50/50 — on whether Bennett should have resigned. Whiteboard also asked about the effect Bennett’s resignation will have on Common […]

Tony Bennett’s Last-Minute School Grade Changes Benefited 165 Indiana Schools

Our colleagues at StateImpact Indiana have crunched the numbers and found that 165 schools benefited from changes to the school grading formula former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett made in 2012 while the elected leaders of Hoosier State schools. Much of the focus has been on emails between Bennett and staff which revealed Bennett’s concern […]

Tony Bennett Resigns As Florida Education Commissioner

Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett resigned his post Thursday following questions about his role in changing the state’s grading formula to boost the grade of an influential Indiana charter school while leading Hoosier State schools in 2012. Bennett called the charges “malicious” and “unfounded,” but said he did not want to become a distraction in […]

Education Groups Come To Tony Bennett’s Defense

The Foundation for Florida’s Future and Michael Petrilli, writing at The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, are defending Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett’s decision to change Indiana’s school grading formula while leading Hoosier State schools in 2012. The change boosted a notable charter school to an A grade from an initial C grade. Emails published by […]

Tony Bennett Says Update On Common Core Progress Coming Next Week

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett says he will have more information next week about plans for implementing new education standards known as Common Core. The State Board of Education is meeting next week. “We have rolled out a very aggressive implementation plan,” Bennett said. “We know that we have to be fully implemented and prepared to […]

Tony Bennett Emphasizes Communication During Transition To New Standards

Education Commissioner Tony Bennett updated a Senate budget committee that oversees Florida education funding on the implementation of Common Core State Standards today. Bennett gave a presentation explaining where we are in the process and what’s next. He told the committee the Common Core will transform learning, teaching and assessments. “Florida’s children will be exposed […]