The League of Women Voters of Florida is reminding the State Board of Education to do its job on selecting a new Education Commissioner.
Essentially, that means doing a national search for the best candidate rather than quickly choosing Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’s choice — former House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
“As members of the State Board of Education you not only have the opportunity, but a constitutional responsibility, to conduct a national search to find the person who is best suited to oversee Florida’s system of public education,” League president Patricia Brigham wrote in a letter Friday to State Board of Education chair Marva Johnson and other board members.
The letter also reminds the board that it has the responsibility to pick the new Education Commissioner — not the governor.
Corcoran, 53, has been one of the most powerful House Speakers in decades and has represented influential Pasco County in the state Legislature. An attorney, he graduated from a small law school at Regent University, a private Christian university. He’s been a champion of nontraditional charter schools and voucher programs that allow kids to go to private schools.
He’s a passionate supporter of school choice – the idea that students shouldn’t have to go to the school in their particular neighborhood.
But not all educators, union officials, lawmakers and even families may have the same views as Corcoran. In Florida, traditional public schools have been pitted against public charter schools run by private groups.