Tag: Pam Stewart

Danny McAuliffeDecember 17, 2018

Richard Corcoran is Florida’s next Education Commissioner and is molding his forthcoming leadership to match the education vision of Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, the man who got him the job.  The State Board of Education on Monday unanimously voted to appoint Corcoran Education Commissioner, meaning the former state House Speaker will lead the Department of Education […]

Danny McAuliffeDecember 7, 2018

A conservative-leaning organization of school board members is praising news of former Republican state House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s likely next job: Florida Education Commissioner. After Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis recommended Corcoran, of Land O’ Lakes, for the position on Thursday, the Florida Coalition of School Board Members chimed in with support. Powerful Republicans in the state also […]

Danny McAuliffeDecember 6, 2018

As anticipated, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is bringing in former House Speaker Richard Corcoran as the next Education Commissioner. That means Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican who was term-limited in 2018, will likely soon take over as the chief educational officer of the state. He’ll have powerful discretion over staffing decisions inside the Department of Education, […]

Danny McAuliffeDecember 4, 2018

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart will retire on the same day Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis takes office in January, meaning former state House Speaker Richard Corcoran is one step closer to overseeing the state’s massive education operation. Stewart, who has served under her current role since 2013, had originally planned to helm the education department for […]

Peter SchorschNovember 3, 2018

Financially, Florida is equipped to weather the financial losses incurred by Hurricane Michael. That’s according to Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, who this week cited a recent analysis of the state’s financial resiliency from credit reporting agency Moody’s Investment Service. “The news from Moody’s Investors Service that Florida will not only weather Hurricane Michael, but […]

Peter SchorschOctober 27, 2018

They’re inexpensive, quick and ideal for short-distance trips — and they could be coming to a Florida city near you. Dockless scooters are the latest disruptions to the continually evolving transportation industry. But the two-wheeled rides — provided by companies like Bird and Lime — aren’t yet ready for a prime-time fight in the Legislature. […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 24, 2018

Though Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam faces a sizable deficit in our latest poll of the GOP Governor’s race against U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, sources familiar with the campaign’s thinking relate that Putnam has a short list of five potential Lt. Gov. picks, all of whom are Republican women. Topping the list: Attorney General Pam Bondi, one of Putnam’s highest-profile […]

Staff ReportsJune 29, 2018

On the heels of a Duval County School Board member claiming that his district is “gaming the system” with artificially inflated civics test scores at a struggling school, six Republican lawmakers demanded answers Thursday from Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. Reps. Jason Fischer, Michael Bileca, James Grant, Bob Rommel, and Jennifer Sullivan, along with Sen. Dennis Baxley, raised concerns about “Duval, Manatee […]

Scott PowersJune 19, 2018

Newly-released data show that 209 students from Puerto Rico and 22 from the U.S. Virgin Islands whose families fled hurricane devastation were able to graduate from Central Florida schools this spring, state Rep. Bob Cortes announced Tuesday. Cortes pushed last fall for the state to streamline and expedite the school transfer processes for students evacuated […]


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