Pinellas, Hillsborough teachers on Crist's Race to the Top group
When he vetoed SB 6, Gov. Charlie Crist said he would convene a working group to focus Florida's Race to the Top application and suggest improvements to make it successful in Round 2. Florida was considered a leading candidate to get a grant in the federal contest for funding, but did not win in the first round.
Some said Florida lost because it lacked the support of teachers. Others suggested it was because Florida needed legislation like SB 6 in place.
Crist announced the members of the group today. The makeup makes clear that Crist falls in the stakeholder support group. Among the members are Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association president Kim Black and Hillsborough/Florida teacher of the year Megan Allen, as well as FEA president Andy Ford. Other committee members, a mix of SB 6 backers and opponents, are:
- Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Working Group Chair
- Karin Brown, President, Florida Parent Teacher Association
- Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
- Debra Dowds, Executive Director, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
- Ronald Blocker, Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools
- W.C. Gentry, Duval County School Board Member
- Candace Lankford, Volusia County School Board Member and President, Florida School Boards Association
- Senator Rudy Garcia, District 40
- Representative Jimmy Patronis, District 6
The committee will have its first meeting via conference call Thursday at 1 p.m.