Gov.-elect Rick Scott names his education transition team
Some interesting names here, including many with ties to Jeb Bush. Others are notably absent. Eric J. Smith, anyone?
Among the marquee names are former D.C. chancellor Michelle Rhee, Hillsborough schools superintendent MaryEllen Elia, Tampa school choice advocate John Kirtley, USF president Judy Genshaft, Florida university system chancellor Frank Brogan and Foundation for Florida's Future executive director Patricia Levesque. Also on the list are charter school company leaders Dennis Bakke (Imagine Schools) and Jonathan Hage (Charter Schools USA).
Read on for the full list. Then weigh in.
Michelle Rhee - Former Chancellor, Washington, DC Schools
Patricia Levesque - Executive Director, Foundation For Florida's Future
MaryEllen Elia – Superintendent, Hillsborough County Schools
Ed Moore – President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
J. David Armstrong, Jr. – President, Broward College and Former Chancellor of Community Colleges of Florida
John Kirtley – Chairman, Step Up For Students
Liza McFadden – President, Volunteer USA Foundation
Frank T. Brogan – Chancellor, State University System of Florida
Dr. Fred Lippman - Chancellor, Health Professions Division - Nova Southeastern University
Dennis W. Bakke - President and CEO, Imagine Schools
Dr. Judy Genshaft - President, University of South Florida
Julio Fuentes – President, Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Carlos Curbelo - Miami Dade School Board and State Director for Sen. LeMieux
Mindy Cunningham – Principal, J Strategies
Gary R. Chartrand - Executive Chairman, Acosta Sales & Marketing Company and Board of Directors, KIPP Schools Jacksonville, Florida
Dr. Don Pemberton - Director, Lastinger Center For Learning University of Florida
Mindy Lafevers-Hodge - World History Instructor, Florida Virtual Schools
Jonathan K. Hage - President and CEO, Charter Schools USA