Who does Florida’s Education Commissioner answer too?
Here is a hint; it’s not students, parents, teachers, or even Rick Scott and the Florida legislature. Nope it answers to a higher Power, dramatic pause, Jeb Bush.
Kathleen Shanahan, Jeb Bush’s former chief of staff asked incoming commissioner Pam Stewart who she reported to.
From the Palm beach Post: Kathleen Shanahan, another state board member who also once worked for Bush, wanted assurances that Stewart "understands with full clarity who she reports to." http://www.theledger.com/article/20130917/NEWS/130919156/1005/NEWS02?p=2&tc=pg
Stewart acknowledged that she did know.
Jeb Bush, love him or hate him, and I am in the latter camp, is still incredibly influential in Florida’s education system and it’s him the board and commissioner answer to.