State Rep. Ana Rivas Logan, who lost her reelection bid in a bitter primary against fellow Miami Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, is among the 16 people who have applied to become Florida's next education commissioner. Logan is a former Miami-Dade school board member.
But the Florida Board of Education is not happy with the candidates and has extended its application deadline until Nov. 30.
"You've seen the list of names submitted,” vice chairman Roberto Martinez of Coral Gables told the Tampa Bay Times after the board's four-minute morning conference call. "I don't see any names on that list that rise to the very high standard I am looking for."
UPDATE: Logan says she was asked to apply, but would not say who did the asking. "I meet all the qualifications of someone who has state and national education policy experience," she said in a text message.
The headline to this post has been updated to reflect the fact that although Logan lost her reelection bid last month, she remains in office until Nov. 6.