The State Board of Education is interviewing three finalists for Florida Education Commissioner.
The panel is holding the interviews on Tuesday in Tampa.
The finalists are Indiana School Superintendent Tony Bennett, Murray State University President Randy Dunn and Arlington, Va., education consultant Charles Hokanson.
Bennett, a Republican, was defeated in a bid for re-election last month. Dunn is a former Illinois state school superintendent. Hokanson was a deputy assistant U.S. secretary of education in President George W. Bush's administration.
The board is scheduled to vote on the appointment at its regular meeting on Wednesday also in Tampa.
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.