DeSantis’ announcement met with instant pushback from numerous politically liberal groups and advocates of conventional public faculties. “Richard Corcoran has a horrible monitor document of putting personal interests over the needs of Florida’s youngsters,” stated Scott McCoy, senior coverage counsel for the Southern Poverty Regulation Middle.
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis confirmed Thursday that he needs former Florida Home Speaker Richard Corcoran to go the state’s division of schooling.
“I … know he’ll put his experience and keenness for the success of Florida’s students to work in this new position,” DeSantis stated in his announcement.
“Richard is called a no-nonsense reformer whose sole focus has been how greatest to help students, mother and father and academics. This situation could be very private to me. Casey and I consider that the future of our youngsters and the way forward for all Florida’s youngsters depend upon our schooling system,” DeSantis stated. “I know Richard won’t ever cease preventing until every baby in Florida has access to a world-class schooling.”
If Corcoran is permitted by the state’s board of schooling at a convention name meeting Dec. 17, the conservative firebrand will exchange outgoing Schooling Commissioner Pam Stewart, who is considered by many to be more average in her approaches to schooling reform.
DeSantis’ announcement met with quick pushback from numerous politically liberal teams and advocates of conventional public faculties.
“Richard Corcoran has a horrible monitor document of placing personal interests over the wants of Florida’s youngsters,” stated Scott McCoy, senior coverage counsel for the Southern Poverty Regulation Middle.
“He has supported personal faculty vouchers, which remove invaluable assets from the general public faculty system and strip students of necessary civil rights protections,” McCoy stated. “Florida needs a commissioner of schooling who prioritizes the schooling and success of the more than 2.eight million youngsters in Florida’s public faculties. Florida’s youngsters deserve better.”
Expectations grew throughout the week that DeSantis had Corcoran in mind, particularly after Stewart announced that she’ll step down in January.
Corcoran as a lawmaker boosted charter faculties and personal faculty vouchers by way of controversial state schooling laws and thru appropriations. He also criticized academics’ unions and conventional public faculties, which serve greater than eighty % of the state’s college students.
DeSantis put it this manner, “”Corcoran challenged the widespread apply of faculty districts forcing students to attend failing faculties yr after yr. Corcoran also created the Hope Scholarship program to make sure that no baby who has been topic to violence or bullying can be trapped in their faculty.”
Corcoran could not be reached for remark. The Pasco County lawyer lives together with his spouse, Anne, also an lawyer, and their six faculty-age youngsters.
Corcoran through the years championed main schooling payments which offered more income and…