LWV: The Governor Can't Dictate Who Our Next Education Commissioner Will Be
Patricia Brigham, Richard Corcoran and Marva Johnson
The League of Women Voters of Florida (LWV) is apparently unhappy with school choice-loving former House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ choice for education commissioner.
The League on Friday called for a national search “to find the person who is best suited to oversee Florida’s system of public education.”
In a letter to Chairwoman Marva Johnson and the State Board of Education, LWV President Patricia Brigham urged board members to invoke Article IX, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution, adopted in 1998 — a provision Brigham says gives the Board of Education, not the governor, the responsibility to appoint a commissioner of education.
“Further,” Brigham writes, “the Board of Education members’ terms of office were purposely staggered to ensure that as governors change, the Florida education system would be insulated from the disruption caused by political patronage appointments of a Commissioner of Education.
“At a minimum, Floridians expect you to carry out a due diligence process aimed at ensuring Florida’s students that an individual of the highest possible caliber oversees public education. We urge you to take this important duty seriously and not simply ‘rubber stamp’ a politically motivated choice.”