Pam Stewart may succeed Tony Bennett as Commissioner of Education

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The state Board of Education may choose Pam Stewart to succeed Tony Bennett as Commissioner of Education as early as today, WPTV NewsChannel 5 has learned.

If chosen, Stewart would become the fourth Commissioner of Education to serve under Gov. Rick Scott.

Stewart, a former teacher and principal, was named interim commissioner in August after Bennett resigned.

Bennett resigned after the Associated Press reported that while he was Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana, he had overhauled a grading system to ensure a Republican donor's charter school received an "A" grade.

Last week, a report commissioned by the Indiana legislature found that Bennett had "consistently applied" the grade change to all schools.

Bennett told The Indianapolis Star the report was a "full vindication."

The Board of Education will meet at 9 a.m. at Forest Hill Community High School located in the 6900 block of Parker Avenue.

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