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Pam Stewart to Head Florida Education until Full-Time Replacement Found

Members of the state Board of Education, holding an emergency session Thursday morning, unanimously named K-12 Chancellor Pam Stewart as the interim replacement for Gerard Robinson, who on Tuesday announced he was leaving the $275,000-a-year post to return to his family in Virginia.

Robinson, who has faced public scrutiny over the handling of FCAT and school grades, offered his resignation on Tuesday effective Aug. 31.

Board Chair Kathleen Shanahan said Stewart -- who had been deputy superintendent in St Johns County before returning last year to the state Department of Education -- is not interested at this time in being commissioner beyond an interim assignment.

She isinterested in maintaining the process and the progress in terms of the agenda for the fall and the legislative session, and getting that all in place, and working with the new commissioner, Shanahan said. That is her position today.

Shanahan said she had talked to Stewart Wednesday night. Steward was attending a meeting in Washington, D.C.

Stewart had served as the state's deputy chancellor for educator quality before taking the job with St. Johns County in 2009. Stewart is an educator who also worked as principal at Vanguard High School and Reddick-Collier Elementary School in Marion County.

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