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Miami Rep. Bileca to head House education panel



As promised, incoming Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has announced his leadership team for the coming legislative session, and he's named Miami Rep. Michael Bileca to run education policy for him.

Bileca, a Republican lawyer, led the House Choice and Innovation subcommittee in the 2014 term. During his tenure, he has sponsored such measures as the "parent trigger" and voucher expansions. He's also a proponent of the Best and Brightest teacher bonus, based partly on educators' SAT or ACT scores, which Corcoran has championed.

The speaker-designate did not appoint a chairman for education appropriations. The name of Rep. Manny Diaz, who won a hotly contested race Tuesday, has been bandied about.

Corcoran has said he plans to let his committee chairs recommend leaders for their subcommittees. He expected those spots to be filled by the winter holidays.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 3:03pm]


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