Who's next for the Florida State Board of Education?
Having removed his predecessor's imprint from the State University System Board of Governors, Gov. Charlie Crist next has the opportunity to make his mark on the Florida Board of Education.
Crist has three vacancies to fill on the state's education rule-making panel, meaning he'd have appointed the majority of members once he's done. Already Bush appointee Linda Taylor has taken herself out of the running, while former Jeb chief of staff Kathleen Shanahan has proven herself dedicated to the Crist cause. (She's seeking another term.)
Caretaker board member Peter Boulware, appointed by Crist to fill the term of Bush appointee Donna Callaway, has not yet asked to re-up. Callaway resigned in June 2008.
Who's in the running so far? Some with Bush ties, some with high education profiles and some you've probably never heard of. Read on for the list.
The applicants to date are:
- Eric Garner, a Broward County teacher
- Janet Greene, a Broward County full-time parent
- John Johnson, president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Kathleen Shanahan, current board member
- Mark Kaplan, former Bush chief of staff and former head of the Florida Housing Finance Corp.
- Mercedes Pichard, a Lee County teacher
- Andrew Smith, a correctional officer at the Florida State Prison
- Don Polly, a retired Collier County teacher who lists House chief of staff Dudley Goodlette as a reference