Governor Rick Scott has appointed Gary R. Chartrand, executive chairman of Acosta Sales and Marketing, to the Florida state Board of Education. Chartrand was on Scott’s education transition team, which called for expanding vouchers and charter schools, as well as a “re-branding” of the state Department of Education.
Chartrand was on Scott’s education transition team, which called for expanding vouchers and charter schools, as well as a “re-branding” of the state Department of Education.
Chartrand is on the board of directors of the KIPP schools in Jacksonville. KIPP – the Knowledge is Power Program – is a national network of charter schools. He is also a director of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, and according to his website, he “led the effort” to bring Teach for America to the Jacksonville area.
According to the Florida Division of Elections, Chartrand made political contributions for the 2010 general election to the Republican Party of Florida, Bill McCollum (who lost the Republican gubernatorial primary to Scott), the Florida First Initiative (a McCollum-affiliated campaign committee), the campaigns of Republicans Jeff Atwater and Adam Putnam, current Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture. Chartrand also contributed $500 to the campaign of Democrat Reggie Fullwood (see below), and gave $10,000 to Scot’s inauguration fund.
Chartrand will former Board of Education chairman T. Willard Fair, who recently resigned as chairman of the board after the departure of Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith.
Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women (NOW) rallied in front of Sen. Marco Rubio's Tampa office today. The Hands Off Women rally was aimed at denouncing the 2012 budget, which includes cuts to Social Security benefits, cuts to Medicare/Medicaid, attacks on Planned Parenthood.
Florida is in the midst of an abnormally difficult drought. With the majority of the problems situated in South Florida, concerns about the water supply, tourism and what less water could mean for the environment are growing rampant there.