NEWARK - (AP) - New Jersey's former education commissionersays he's applied to head the education system in Florida.

Bret Schundler tells The Star-Ledger of Newark that he is one ofnine candidates being considered by Florida Gov. Rick Scott and thestate's Board of Education.

He said he applied for the position after being approached by anexecutive search firm.

Schundler was fired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in August2010 after the state lost out on a $400 million federal educationgrant.

The 52-year-old Schundler, a former Jersey City mayor, is astrong proponent of charter schools and of linking teacher pay tostudent performance.

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