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Pinellas Catholic school leader joins education group backing Mitt Romney



The headmaster of a St. Petersburg Catholic School has joined the campaign to back Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his education initiatives.

Dr. John Giotis, headmaster of The School of the Immaculata, was named one of 14 national honorary co-chairs of the National Educators for Romney coalition, which is officially headed by former U.S. education secretary Rod Paige. Giotis joins two other high profile Floridians -- former governor Jeb Bush and former State Board of Education chairman Phil Handy -- in promoting Romney's school choice-focused proposals for U.S. education.

Other honorary co-chairs are: Kristi LaCroix, Teacher, Lakeview Technology Academy – Kenosha, Wisconsin; Joan Moorhead, Teacher, Williams Intermediate School – Davenport, Iowa; John Lyons, former Chairman, New Hampshire State Board of Education; Eileen Weiser, Michigan State Board of Education; Debe Terhar, President, Ohio State Board of Education; Pam Benigno, Director, Independence Institute – Education Policy Center, Colorado; Mike Lair, Missouri State Representative; Scott Hammond, Nevada State Assemblyman; Jerry Tillman, North Carolina State Senator; Bernie O'Neill, Pennsylvania State Representative; Harry Blevins, Virginia State Senator; Kirk Cox, Virginia State Delegate; and Lee Ware, Virginia State Delegate.

Giotis could not be reached for comment. Romney issued this statement about the coalition: "Education is the key to success in the modern world, and making sure that every American child has a good education is the civil rights issue of our time. I am lucky to have these great leaders in education on my team. Together, we will reform our education system to ensure that the chance of a child’s success is not dictated by the circumstances of his or her birth."

[Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 9:17am]


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