Published: Nov 30, 2012 11:40 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A former finalist for the job is among about 50 Florida education commissioner hopefuls.
    
Applicants have through Friday to apply. The State Board of Education then is scheduled to interview finalists on Dec. 11 and choose the new commissioner the next day.
    
Thomas Jandris, a vice president and dean at Chicago's Concordia University, was one of five finalists the board interviewed last year.
    
The panel then selected Gerard Robinson, who resigned in August after about a year on the job. He cited separation from his family in Virginia, where he had been that state's education secretary.
    
The board already has extended the application deadline once - by two months - and has reserved the right to order an additional delay if it isn't satisfied with the choices.

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