Five months after he was first named the state’s Education Commissioner, Manny Diaz, Jr. has been tapped to stay on another term, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.
Diaz has been an influential voice on state education policy since he was first elected to the House in 2012 and then moved to the Senate in 2018. The Miami area resident took a pass on re-election to the Senate and joined the DeSantis administration as Education Commissioner in June.
Wednesday, the Governor tweeted a montage of some key moments since Diaz assumed the leading role at the state’s Education Department.
“Manny Diaz is an advocate for our parents, teachers and schools,” the tweet said. “He has worked with me to keep indoctrination out and put parents in charge of their children’s futures. I’m pleased to have @SenMannyDiazJr return as the Commissioner of @EducationFL.”
The tweet’s reel shows Diaz at different occasions, extolling Florida’s investment in teachers, superior economy due to the Governor’s resistance to COVID-19 lockdowns, student achievement in civic education, high rankings and affordability within the state’s higher education institutions, and widespread awareness about the evils of communism.
Díaz replaced Richard Corcoran, a former Republican House Speaker, in the top state Department