Padget seeks reappointment to the Florida Board of Education
January brought the end of two Florida Board of Education members' terms, giving Gov. Rick Scott the opportunity to further shape the education policy board to his liking. Roberto Martinez, a Coral Gables attorney first appointed by Jeb Bush, is completing his second term and not eligible for reappointment.
But John Padget, a Key West private investor named to the board by Charlie Crist in 2009, is permitted to serve another term. And he has put his name in the hopper.
"I am a fervent supporter of Gov. Scott's College and Career First plan for Florida's preK-12 education system," Padget, a one time Monroe schools superintendent, wrote in his application. "Having served on the board for one term, I'm intimately familiar with the issues facing the DOE and the State Board of Education, including the importance of a smooth implementation of the Common Core standards, correct transition from FCAT to PARCC assessments, supporting teachers and achieving better educational outcomes for ALL students. I know and respect Commissioner Dr. Tony Bennett and look forrward to supporting him."
Padget has been one of the most vocal board members calling for tougher passing scores for state tests.
Also applying for the seats are Ada Armas, a Miami physician; Eric Garner, a Broward teacher, Lynne Van Heuvel, unemployed, Brandon; John Hilston, associate economics professor at Brevard Community College; Duane Hume, former FLDOE supervisor of engineering and technology education; Jacki Jackson, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okechobee counties; Marcos Jimenez, Miami attorney and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Nicole Marsala, a Broward teacher and Florida history teacher of the year 2006-07.
Scott can make the appointments at any time. The incumbents will serve until they are replaced. The board next meets in mid-February.