The State Board of Education is set to hire a new Florida education commissioner from among three finalists.
The board is scheduled to make its choice at a meeting Wednesday in Tampa. The panel interviewed the finalists on Tuesday.
They include Indiana School Superintendent Tony Bennett, a Republican who lost a bid for re-election last month.
The others are Murray State University President Randy Dunn, who once served as state superintendent in Illinois, and Arlington, Va., education consultant Charles Hokanson, a former deputy assistant U.S. secretary of education in President George W. Bush's administration.
Former Commissioner Gerard Robinson resigned in August after only about a year on the job. He cited separation from his family in Virginia where he previously had been secretary of education.