Published: Jan 23, 2013 4:11 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's new education commissioner says his top priorities are implementing Common Core State Standards and a new teacher merit pay and tenure law.
    
Tony Bennett outlined his agenda Wednesday during an appearance before the Senate Education Committee.
    
The new law, which requires merit pay and abolishes tenure for new hires, is being challenged in court by the Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union.
    
Florida is among 45 states that have agreed to adopt common standards for kindergarten through high school.
    
Bennett said one thing he'll be looking at is whether the law needs to be "tweaked."
    
The State Board of Education hired the Republican after he lost a bid for re-election last year as Indiana's superintendent of public instruction.

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