Published: Aug 18, 2011 4:17 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Forty-four education leaders have applied to become the next superintendent of Broward County schools.
    
The Miami Herald (http://bit.ly/q5dNyU ) reports that applicants include Art Johnson, former superintendent of the Palm Beach County school district, who was fired this year, and the former chief of communications for Miami-Dade Schools. There are also candidates from Hawaii, Michigan and South Carolina.
    
Broward County Public Schools is the nation's sixth largest school district.
    
The district released the names of applicants at a meeting on Wednesday.
    
Superintendent Jim Notter resigned from the district in June.
    
A private consulting firm will screen candidates and submit a proposed list of semi-finalists by Aug. 29. The school board will then interview applicants and choose a new superintendent by Sept. 14.

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