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March 24, 2011 State Board of Education Emergency Conference Call

The State Board of Education held an emergency conference call on March 24, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. The purpose of the conference call was to address the resignations of the Commissioner of Education and the Chair of the State Board. As the Commissioner of Education is the chief education officer for the state whose duties include advising the State Board of Education on all matters pertaining to the education of all public school students in Florida, the announcement of his resignation on March 21, 2011, established a need that could have an immediate danger to the public welfare. The Chair of the State Board of Education also tendered his resignation from the Board effective immediately which necessitated further direction from the Board as a whole. The purpose of the meeting was to address the issues created by these resignations.

The action of the Board was to direct the Department of Education to facilitate the process of advertising the position of the Commissioner of Education and accepting resumes of qualified candidates for consideration of the Board. The Board requested that up to three search firms be identified by the Department to be interviewed by the Board as a whole at its next meeting to be scheduled as an emergency meeting.

Tuesday March 24, 2011
Discussion and action regarding the announced departures of the Commissioner of Education and Chair of the State Board of Education