Charter School Operator Named Chairman on Florida Senate K-20 Education Policy Committee


Only in Florida can this happen.

Fresh off his victory for a Senate seat in which an ethics complaint against him was filled, John Legg hit the lottery in bagging a key chair of a committee for which he will be driving policy which will financially benefit him. Founder of Dayspring Academy Charter School, John Legg is now listed as the school’s “business administrator.  It must be lost on senate president Don Gaetz that Legg has a conflict of interest in his position as chairman of the powerful K-20 Education Policy Committee.

Freshman state Sen. John Legg, R-Pasco County, announced Wednesday that he has been named the chairman of the K-20 Education Policy Committee. He also will serve on the K-20 Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

Legg was chairman of the House K-12 Education Committee two years ago, before becoming speaker pro tempore for 2011-12. He runs a charter school in New Port Richey, and has sponsored several high-profile education bills including the state’s move to end-of-course exams from the FCAT. Lately, he has been visiting area high school career academies looking for ideas to improve school-to-work connections and to make junior- and senior-level course work more relevant and challenging to students.

“Education especially, being entrusted as chairman, brings a unique opportunity to invest in Florida’s most important asset, our children,” Legg said in a news release. “As a father of five, a certified classroom teacher and school administrator I understand how vital public education is and how equally important it is to Florida’s employers to have a solid workforce to draw from. It is time we develop a workforce to fit the needs of our business community while providing first class education for our children to succeed not only in the workforce but in life.”

Even Legg must know he’s getting away with something as he misrepresents his own resume.  Another example of why Florida screams for ethics reform.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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One Response to Charter School Operator Named Chairman on Florida Senate K-20 Education Policy Committee

  1. Diane Kepus says:

    Quite frankly I don’t know whether to sit here and cry or rant & rave and break everything I can get my hands on. I don’t care if you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or nothing, but if you are a parent and have children in Florida schools you had better damn well wake up.

    1. Jeb Bush apparently is still the governor of Florida and no one is noticing. Our legislators due nothing without his advice, suggestions and input.

    2. When it comes to education he knows less about it than the children in the schools but he has all the power and is creating a hell hole for our children through his for-profit, :”public-private partnerships” called Charter schools.

    3. It appears our governor in name only Rick Scott is very dumb when it comes to education also and his office has refused to speak to anyone or make appointments if the person requesting the audience “wants to speak against the education being provided to our children in Florida/Charter/Islam/United Nations Schools.

    4. Currently Senator Don Gaetz is serving as the head of the Florida Senate.

    5. Next in line for that position is John Legg, owner of the Day Spring Academy which is a Charter School. in Pasco County.

    6. Both serve on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education and they are working to push their Communistic “school to work” agenda.

    7. Now John Legg gets appointed as Chairman of the Florida Senate K-20 Policy Committee

    You think I do not tell the truth – then do your own research and come back and tell me I do not know what I am talking about.

    Charter Schools are failing faster in Florida than any public schools have ever come close to in this state or any other. This Florida pack of Republican legislators have set our system up not only for failure but for Communistic take over by Dumbing Down Our Children in playing the “No Child Left Behind”/ “Race To The Top”/Common Core Standards” games.

    I would ask these so called legislators why they do not see the need to teach our children the basics of Phonics so they can learn to read? Oh that’s right they are setting them up for a GLOBAL WORLD under communism.

    Ever ask your legislator where his or her child is going to school and I know the answer is PRIVATE SCHOOL! I guess their kids are to be the leaders and watch over the rest of the kids in their “school to work” plans.

    Florida and that includes the Liberals – why are you not holding your legislators accountable for this cronyism of which is putting money in their pockets and ruining our children at the same time.

    Do you honestly believe that Communist China came to Florida bearing the gift of $30M to be used on our Charter school system and that they do not expect something in return? Yet when you inquire no one involved in that deal can reveal any information because of “CONFLICT OF INTEREST”. WHAT ARE THE FLORIDA LEGISLATORS HIDING IN THAT DEAL??

    WAKE UP FLORIDA – YOU ARE BEING SOLD DOWN THE PROVERBIAL RIVER TO NOWHERE!

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