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South Florida Democrats want an elected education commissioner

Former Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, speaking about his resignation Thursday, is the third top educator to leave the role since Gov. Rick Scott took office. Photo by James Call.

Two South Florida lawmakers want the state education commissioner to be an elected position.

“Voters ought to be able to vet these candidates as opposed to someone who is appointed by someone who is appointed by someone whose agenda may not meet the expectations or desires of most Floridians,” said Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami.

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