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But for a further sign of how badly DeSantis wants to cut up public education and sell off the parts, just look at his education transition team. This will take a bit, but you need to see the full picture.
Dr. Elizabeth M. Bejar, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Florida International University.
Dr. Desmond Blackburn; CEO, New Teacher Center. NTC is a reformy teacher-fixing mill, heavily sponsored by all the usual suspects (Gates, Walton, Hewlett, Chan-Zuckerberg, et al). Blackburn last May ended his three years as Brevard County superintendent to take this job.
Emily Bouck; Policy & Advocacy Director, Higher Learning Advocates This group formed just last year to lobby for outcome-based approaches in higher ed. Initial board included Margarett Spellings, George Miller, and John Engler. All advocates of privatizing pub lic ed.
The Honorable Bob Cortes; Former Representative, Florida House of Representatives. Cortes, among other things, was a strong advocate for the Schools of Hope, a law that allows charters to prey on struggling public schools.
Brenda Dickinson; President, Home Education Foundation. The group that lobbies for home schoolers in the state capital.
The Honorable Erika Donalds; Former Board Member, Collier County School Board. Well, here's a winner. Donalds is a partner in a New York investment group. She founded Parents' Rights of Choice for Kids (Parents ROCK). Then she got herself elected to a school board, and founded the Florida Coalition of School Board Members, a group with only six founding members and which seems devoted to austerity and school choice. Also on the FLCRC board is Patricia Levesque, a well-known name in the reformster world. Donalds was behind the whole Amendment 8 sneak attack on public schools.
Aubrey Edge; President & CEO, First Coast Energy
T. Willard Fair; President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami. Fair has led the Urban League in pushing for charters in Miami. The charter-loving Center for Education Reform recognizes him as an ally.
Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti; President, Polk State College. Polk State operates three charter schools.
Dr. Alvin S. Felzenberg; Presidential Historian & Lecturer, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. He worked in the Bush II Department of Defense and was Assistant Secretary of State in NJ under Governor Thomas Kean.
Bruce Ferguson; President & CEO, CareerSource Northeast Florida. Job placement and training.
Keith Flaugh; Managing Director, Florida Citizens Alliance. Right wing "liberty and learning" group. They actually have two representatives in this group.
The Honorable Don Gaetz; Former President, Florida Senate. Lover of charters, hater of teachers.
Robert Haag; President & CEO, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools
Jonathan Hage; CEO, Charter Schools USA
Greg Haile; President, Broward College
Bill Heavener; Chairman, University of Florida Board of Trustees. Heavener also owns a for-profit college and was a deep-pocketed supporter of Rick Scott.
Warren Hudson; President, Lake Highland Preparatory School. LHPS is a huge private school in Orlando, founded as a segregation academy.
Russell Hughes; Superintendent, Walton County School District
Dr. Allan I. Jacob; Chairman & Chief Medical Officer, Physicians Dialysis
Mimi Jankovits; Executive Director, Teach Florida. The group lobbied hard for tax credit scholarships (another version of vouchers).
John Kirtley; Founder and Chairman, Step Up for Students. Certain types off vouchers require a sort of middle man; here they are.
Eugene Lamb; Board of Trustees, Tallahassee Community College
Craig Mather; Founder & CEO, Bags, Inc.
Dr. Kim McDougal; Former Chief of Staff, Governor Rick Scott and Education Policy Expert. Yeah, she worked with Job Bush, too. Expert, sure.
Dr. Edward Meadows; President, Pensacola State College
Connie Militio; Chief Government Relations Officer (that means "lobbyist"), Hillsborough County Public Schools. Interesting choice; you may remember this as the district that crashed and burned letting Bill Gates experiment on them.
Keli Mondello; Co-Founder & Board Chairman, LiFT Academy. Private school specializing in neurodiversity.
Steve Moore; President, The Vestcor Companies, Inc. Real estate and housing projects.
Dr. Ed Moore; President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
The Honorable Lubby Navarro; School Board Member, Miami-Dade County. Navarro backed a move to keep Miami-Date from joining the lawsuit over Schools of Hope.
Lynn Norman-Teck; Executive Director, Florida Charter School Alliance
Dr. Madeline Pumariega; Former Chancellor, Florida College System. Earned her spurs working with Take Stock in Children.
Randle Richardson; CEO, Accelerated Learning Solutions, a school management company.
Lyn Stanfield; Strategic Relations Manager, Apple. Apple recent demonstrated again that they're willing to work with anyone if it means they can move some product.
Rev. Rick Stevens; Managing Director, Florida Citizens Alliance. The second rep from the right wing group.
The Honorable John Thrasher; President, Florida State University
Andy Tuck; Vice Chairman, Florida State Board of Education. Tuck is a citrus grower who has, at times, seemed a bit out of his depth.
Fernando Zulueta; President, Academica Corporation. One of the largest charter operators in the state.
So there you have it-- a collection of folks from the charter biz, the voucher biz, and the biz biz, with barely a whiff of representation of actual; pub lic education folks. Not that there's been any real doubt, but here's some further proof that DeSantis will continue Florida's tradition of open hostility toward public education. Merry Christmas to Florida's privatizers and profiteers. Floridians who care about public education must continue to be vigilant and vocal.