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Intersection: What Corcoran’s Appointment Means For Public Education In Florida

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Photo: Mark Foley, Florida House of Representatives

Florida’s new education commissioner is Richard Corcoran. The appointment of the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives to the role has drawn criticism from those who say incoming governor Ron DeSantis should have picked someone with a background in education, and his support for the expansion of charter schools is raising alarm from teachers unions.

Yet, at least one member of the state board of education which voted unanimously yesterday in favor of the appointment, said he was satisfied Corcoran would support traditional public schools.

From the education desk this week, we check in with reporter Ryan Dailey from WFSU in Tallahassee, about what Corcoran’s appointment means for the department of education.

Education reporting is supported by Helios Education Foundation. 

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »