Here is the list from Jeffrey Solochek in Gradebook:
Education Commissioner Pam Stewart
2015 Florida Teacher of the Year: Christie Bassett, Polk County
Legislator: Representative Manny Díaz, Jr., a Hialeah Republican who works for a charter school firm and heads the House Choice and Innovation Committee
Principal: Dr. Margaret Fahringer, Miami-Dade County
Teacher: Doris Garcia, Orange County
Parent: Julia (Megan) Hendricks, Pasco County, a “concerned parent” with interests in testing issues
School Board Member: Patty Hightower, Escambia County, president of the Florida School Boards Association
Higher Education Participant: Joe Pickens, Putnam County, president of St. Johns River State College and a former lawmaker
Superintendent: Dr. Owen Roberts, Alachua County
Legislator: Senator Kelli Stargel, a Lakeland Republican whose husband serves on a charter school board of directors
Parent: Laura Zorc, Indian River County, a Common Core opponent
The committee plans to meet for the first time by phone in March. More details to come.
Diaz, who draws a nice salary from pro-profit charter school giant, Academica, has sponsored two pieces of charter school friendly legislation the past two sessions. Stargel was the last senate sponsor of Parent Trigger and actively touted a discredited petition from Michelle Rhee’s organization. She also meddled in Polk county school districts efforts to open its own charter schools in 2012
While the committee was “among other goals” designed to review “deregulation opportunities” and identify more parental choice options in public schools,” its hard to imagine it having any teeth or coming up with any meaningful consensus. And, shhhhh, no Democrats either. Why wasn’t Sen. Bill Montford named to the committee?