“These are not new issues, Gary. We’ve been raising this timeline for two years.”
“And you were chair for part of that time,” Chartrand quipped.
There was also disagreement as to when the department would review the school grading system and the new model for evaluating teachers, both of which have come under fire.
Said Bradshaw: “We’re really counting on this department to step it up on these things.”
The wild card remained what action — if any — the governor would take.
Chartrand was not surprised by Shanahan’s reference to a potential executive order, but did not offer up any details. “I suspect to hear something from him, and he’ll do it at the time that’s appropriate, that he sees fit,” he said.
Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz acknowledged Scott might take action after holding an education summit in August.
“The discussion and ideas generated at the summit will guide our future decisions and steps we will take through either legislative proposals, action by the State Board of Education or executive action to ensure Florida students are prepared for college or careers,” she wrote in a statement.
The board will now look to Stewart for leadership.
Stewart, 60, has experience at the helm of the state education department. She had been interim commissioner since Bennett resigned in August. She also held the post following the 2012 departure of former commissioner Gerard Robinson.
Board member John Colon called Stewart “a steady hand, considering all of the handicaps she’s been going through.”
Stewart said she was glad to accept the challenge.
“I’ve spent 32 years in Florida’s public education system in one way or another, so I am fully committed to the students in the state of Florida and making sure we get it right,” she said.
Kathleen McGrory can be reached at kmcgrory@MiamiHerald.com.