Richard Corcoran to publish book on Ron DeSantis’ leadership during pandemic
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The former Education Commissioner headed the Department of Education over most of DeSantis' first term.

Former Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran will publish a book on his tenure during Gov. Ron DeSantis’ first term.

Publisher’s Marketplace reported the former House Speaker has penned a deal with Bombardier Books, an imprint of Post Hill Press that publishes conservative political nonfiction.

The book will include an account of the administration’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Standing Our Ground: The Inside Story of Ron DeSantis’s Rise and Battle for Freedom” was described as “a first-hand look at the events that have driven national headlines and made Governor DeSantis a Rockstar of the conservative movement and one of the country’s most influential politicians.”

“It was an honor to stand alongside Gov. Ron DeSantis during the historic fight through COVID. His leadership and fight for freedom needs to be known — it was second to none!” Corcoran tweeted.

He thanked Jonathan Bronitsky, the founder of literary public relations firm Athos, for making the book deal possible.

DeSantis appointed Corcoran to the Board of Governors for the State University System in May, shortly after Corcoran stepped down as Education Commissioner. Previously, Corcoran was among the most high-profile appointees made by DeSantis after he was elected as Governor in 2018.

During his tenure, the state shifted from Common Core, a target of Corcoran’s during his time in the Legislature, and developed the alternative Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking instead.

During the pandemic, there was tension between Corcoran and local school districts throughout Florida. Like many states, Florida early on canceled in-person learning in schools to stop spread of the coronavirus during the end of the 2019-20 school year.

But the following school year, the Education Department under Corcoran required all districts to offer in-school learning despite concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

As schools entered a third year of the pandemic, the Governor ordered an end to all mask requirements in schools, and Corcoran spearheaded enforcement, including threatening the funding of districts that did not comply at the start of the 2021-22 school year.

News of a Corcoran-penned book comes amid speculation DeSantis will run for President in 2024.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Another lame idea

    December 16, 2022 at 9:23 am

    So lame

    • Karen

      December 16, 2022 at 9:27 am


  • Charlie Crist

    December 16, 2022 at 9:23 am

    The man killed 50,000 + people! I tried to help! When it’s all over, don’t say I didn’t try to help!

    • Karen

      December 16, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Please tell us what you would have done better?

      • Tjb

        December 16, 2022 at 10:39 am

        Florida’s Covid death rate was almost double of California’s on a per capita basis. Perhaps DeSantis should ask the leadership of California what they did to protect their citizens. Also, should we have a grand jury investigating DeSantis and Ladapo Covid policies?

  • Ian

    December 16, 2022 at 10:14 am

    That should be a quick read

  • James R. Miles

    December 16, 2022 at 10:48 am

    What leadership? Denying women the right to choose. Denying parents of trans children the right to therapy. Don’t forget “don’t say gay” B.S. as in denying freedom of speech. Is that what poses as leadership for Republicants? DeSatan is just another right-wing. fascist, authoritarian Nazi!

  • cassandra of the swamp

    December 16, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Will the book explain all dePraved’s callous “groomer” jokes and obsession with sex & children and children & sex? What about deSadist’s veto of contraceptives for poor women, then dictating that women and girls cannot have an abortion, not even the ones in 3rd grade?

    Will the book clear up the misunderstandings surrounding dePsycho’s Navy service? Tell us the truth that wRONgDUH was not a SEAL, entered the Navy *years after* 9/11, was a Commissioned Officer, tested enlisted service-people’s urine, then prosecuted court martial cases?

    Will Corcoran reveal to all that the “Lil Guy Fighter Pilot” outfit was deSaster’s kid’s Halloween costume? And that God denies any association with deBlasphemous’ “God Made a Fighter” campaign ad? Lots of good material there…

  • G. Fardella

    December 16, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Glad to live in the free State of Florida and it sems that several school boards are still in support of CRT, pornography and ushering in transgender advocates. We hope that you will continue to monitor these developments, as reported in the media, and take necessary action. In the future, we can consider allowing prayer and/ or a moment of meditation and silence before the day begins, perhaps after the Pledge. Thank you and God Bless.

    • cassandra of the swamp

      December 16, 2022 at 4:35 pm

      Anyone can pray whenever they feel like it in school now. Jesus instructed praying people to do so in private with their door closed. Let’s try to be more like Jesus.

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