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April 21, 2022

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Statement from President Simpson on Governor DeSantis Recommending Senator Manny Diaz Serve as Florida Education Commissioner

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) today released the following statement regarding Governor Ron DeSantis recommending to the State Board of Education that Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. (R-Hialeah) serve as Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education.

“Senator Diaz is a tremendous choice to serve the students, parents and teachers of Florida as the Commissioner of Education. His experience as a classroom teacher early in his career brought incredible perspective to his work on education policy in the Florida Legislature and that knowledge will serve him well as he leads the Department of Education.

“I am confident Senator Diaz is the right leader as we continue to implement historic school choice initiatives that will increase competition within our public school system. With record funding for traditional schools and pay raises for employees from teachers to cafeteria workers and bus drivers, our neighborhood public schools have unprecedented resources to serve our students. Meanwhile, the transition from the FSA to progress monitoring will provide timely information about how students are doing throughout the school year so that any struggles can be addressed quickly. I am confident Senator Diaz will successfully implement these reforms across our K-12 system.

“Senator Diaz is a proven leader with a track record of success. The Senate’s loss would certainly be Florida’s gain with Senator Diaz as our Commissioner of Education.”