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Acrimony at the state Board of Education meeting

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the state Board of Education named interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to lead the department on a permanent basis.

It was a rare moment of harmony in an otherwise acrimonious meeting.

Earlier, outgoing board member Kathleen Shanahan blasted department leaders for not giving clear direction on the new Common Core State Standards, and delaying a decision on which exams will replace the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests.

Shanahan also addressed rumors that Gov. Rick Scott was planning to unveil education policy directives of his own, saying it would be “embarrassing” for the governor to circumvent the Board of Education.

“We’re in crisis time,” said Shanahan, a one-time chief of staff to former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Stewart tried to assuage the concerns, insisting the department was only in “a time of urgency.” “We are on track to get where we need to be,” Stewart said.

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