We are now down to seven people in the running for the Florida Education Commissioner job. The next step will be interviews with the candidates in mid-September.
•William Harner, deputy of the chief executive office, school district of Philadelphia
•Earl Lennard, adjunct professor, University of South Florida; former Hillsborough County schools superintendent
•Joseph Marinelli, superintendent, New York Supervisory District of Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga, Wayne and Yates counties; chief executive officer, Board of Cooperative Educational Services
•William Moloney, former Colorado commissioner of education
•Eric Smith, senior vice president for College Readiness, College Board in New York City; former superintendent, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis, Md.
•James Warford, executive director, Florida Association of School Administrators, Tallahassee
•Cheri Pierson Yecke, chancellor of K-12 Public Schools, Florida Department of Education
For anyone just now joining us, please feel free to learn a little bit more about Cheri Yecke: here, here, here, here, and here. That should give you some idea as to why we here at Florida Citizens for Science aren’t excited about Yecke being on this list. There were a handful of stories about the list of candidates narrowing recently. Most of them focused on some late applications being rejected, but one story threw in a nice little tidbit when listing the seven remaining candidates:
Cheri Pierson Yecke, the current K-12 chancellor appointed by Bush. Her conservative views expressed as a political candidate in Minnesota have been rumored to be a hurdle to her appointment under the more moderate Crist.
We can only hope so.