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Governor-Elect Rick Scott Taps Nationally Recognized Education Leaders to Help Improve Florida's Education System

By: Scott Transition Press Release
By: Scott Transition Press Release

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Calling the members of his latest transition team “Champions for Achievement,” Governor-elect Rick Scott announced an experienced and distinguished team of education experts, including nationally recognized education reformer, Michelle Rhee, to help him find innovative ways to create a new education system for a new economy.

The transition team will assist Scott in identifying innovative ideas from the private sector, success stories from other states, cost-saving opportunities and legislative priorities that will help reduce the size of government, improve the education system in Florida and meet the workforce needs necessary to create 700,000 jobs over the next seven years.

The Education Transition Team includes:

Michelle Rhee - Former Chancellor, Washington, DC Schools

Patricia Levesque - Executive Director, Foundation For Florida's Future

MaryEllen Elia – Superintendent, Hillsborough County Schools

Ed Moore – President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida

J. David Armstrong, Jr. – President, Broward College and Former Chancellor of Community Colleges of Florida

John Kirtley – Chairman, Step Up For Students

Liza McFadden – President, Volunteer USA Foundation

Frank T. Brogan – Chancellor, State University System of Florida

Dr. Fred Lippman - Chancellor, Health Professions Division - Nova Southeastern University

Dennis W. Bakke - President and CEO, Imagine Schools

Dr. Judy Genshaft - President, University of South Florida

Julio Fuentes – President, Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Carlos Curbelo - Miami Dade School Board and State Director for Sen. LeMieux

Mindy Cunningham – Principal, J Strategies

Gary R. Chartrand - Executive Chairman, Acosta Sales & Marketing Company and Board of Directors, KIPP Schools Jacksonville, Florida

Dr. Don Pemberton - Director, Lastinger Center For Learning University of Florida

Mindy Lafevers-Hodge - World History Instructor, Florida Virtual Schools

Jonathan K. Hage - President and CEO, Charter Schools USA


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