Orange School Board member begins campaign for commissioner post
Rick Roach, a veteran educator and Orange School Board member since 1998, has contacted friends to let them know he will apply for Florida education commissioner. He also asked them to back his candidacy, if they agree with his views.
"I have long been concerned with the direction of education in our state and I have been a very vocal critic as many of you know. So, I have decided to either stop complaining or step up and do something about it," he wrote. "I feel I am highly qualified as my resume will attest, passionate about the job as my letter of application should show, and feel confident I could make a very positive difference for our children, the future leaders of Florida. Please read my letter of application and my resume. If you agree with me, it would help if you could write a letter of support."
Roach has lately made headlines for his opposition to the FCAT, which was first discussed in a Washington Post column. Time will tell how his application for commissioner will be viewed. See his letter and resume attached below. His would be the 17th candidacy announced publicly so far. The State Board of Education earlier this week extended its search through November, to give top candidates more time to apply.