December 11, 2012, Orlando, Florida…
Fund Education Now, one of the state’s leading parent-driven advocacy groups expressed concern over the Board of Education’s choice of ousted Indiana State Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett as Florida’s latest Commissioner of Education.
Yesterday, Governor Scott received a letter from the group
urging him to convince the Florida Board of Education to reject candidates Bennett, Dunn and Hokansan as last-minute political applicants. Governor Scott was also asked to use his power to reshape the BOE beginning with the two terms that expire December 31, 2012.
“What did Florida’s children, taxpayers and voters do to deserve Tony Bennett? Last month, in an astounding non-partisan consensus, 1.3 million Indiana voters removed Tony Bennett and his extreme reform agenda from office. Bennett’s Indiana loss cannot be blamed on the 40,000 members of the teachers union. The people of Indiana spoke loud and clear. Why on earth would the Florida Board of Education select a man who was fired for putting education reform ideology ahead of what’s best for children?” asked Kathleen Oropeza, co-founder, Fund Education Now.
“We are calling on Governor Scott to confirm that Florida’s children are more important than preserving political ideology. We are asking him to choose two new Board of Education members whose only concern will be to serve the children of this state. Florida voters are at a terrible disadvantage since the Governor appoints the Board of Education and they interview and hire the Education Commissioner. If Governor Scott is truly concerned about high-stakes testing and leveling the accountability playing field, he will look for two new board members from the ranks of the many qualified educators and parents he met on his tour,” said Christine Bramuchi, co-founder, Fund Education Now.
Founded in 2009, FundEducationNow.org is a non partisan group of citizen-advocates who are authentic Florida parents of children in public schools. For information, contact: Kathleen Oropeza, firstname.lastname@example.org