Diaz to Continue as Education Chief

State Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. will remain in his post as Gov. Ron DeSantis begins a second term. Diaz, a Republican former state senator, was tapped by DeSantis in April to lead the Department of Education. Diaz began the job in June after former Commissioner Richard Corcoran stepped down.

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“Manny Diaz is an advocate for our parents, teachers and schools. He has worked with me to keep indoctrination out and put parents in charge of their children’s futures,” DeSantis said in a Twitter post Wednesday.

While in the Senate, Diaz sponsored a series of high-profile education bills, including two priorities of the governor during the 2022 legislative session. Diaz sponsored a measure designed to phase out the state’s current standardized-testing system and replace it with a “progress monitoring” system, and he sponsored a bill that restricts the way race-related issues are taught in public schools and in workplace training.

DeSantis, who handily won re-election Nov. 8 over Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, also has announced that Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie will remain in their roles heading into the second term. But Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Simone Marstiller is leaving her job.


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