Who wants to be a State Board member?
The State Board of Education has had one vacant seat ever since member Donna Callaway resigned back in June. Two more seats come open at the end of December, when the terms of Roberto Martinez (left) and Phoebe Raulerson (right) expire.
Who'd want to serve on the board, especially now that Florida education faces what promise to be tough financial times?
Martinez and Raulerson, for two. Each has submitted an application for reappointment. Then there are 13 hopefuls for the third seat. Among them are:
- Former Pinellas School Board member and NSBA president Jane Gallucci.
- Former FSU football star and failed Florida House candidate Peter Boulware.
- Florida Commission on Human Relations chair and USF researcher Donna Elam.
- Educators Vincent Goodman (retired, Palm Beach County), Terry Bevino (retired, Okaloosa County), Margaret Rickerson (current, St. Johns County), Vickie Cartwright (current, Orange County), and Eric Garner (current, Broward County).
There's talk that Gov. Charlie Crist might make at least one appointment before the end of the year.
To download the applications of the hopefuls, read on.