Richard Corcoran Biography, Age, Education, Florida House of Representative, Wife, Family, Speaker

Richard Corcoran Biography

Richard Corcoran is an American politician and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives who is serving as the Education Commissioner of Florida. He represented the 37th District, which includes central Pasco County, from 2012 to 2018, and previously represented the 45th District from 2010 to 2012.
On December 6, 2018, governor-elect of Florida Ron DeSantis announced he would nominate Corcoran to be Education Commissioner. He was unanimously confirmed as Education Commissioner by the Florida Board of Education on December 17, 2018, and took office on January 8, 2019, upon the effectiveness of the resignation of his predecessor, Pam Stewart.

Richard Corcoran Age

Richard Corcoran was born on March 16, 1965, in Toronto, Canada. Richard Corcoran is 54 years old as of 2019.

Richard Corcoran Net worth

Richard Corcoran generates his income from politics and other different organization of his own. He got the influence of generating money soon after getting into politics. But his net worth is still under review.

Richard Corcoran Family

Richard Corcoran was born in Pasco County, Florida United States to veterans parents of World War II. His father was an American soldier in the U.S. Army and his mother, was a daughter of a British tea-planter, who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force of the Royal Air Force during the London Blitz.

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Richard Corcoran Education

Richard Corcoran attended St. Leo College, from where he graduated in 1989, and Regent University, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1996. He served six years in the United States Naval Reserve.

Richard Corcoran Wife

Richard Corcoran is married to Anette Corcoran with whom he lives within Land O’ Lakes, Florida United States. The couples were blessed with six children.

Richard Corcoran Florida House of Representative

When incumbent State Representative Tom Anderson was unable to seek re-election due to term limits in 2010, Corcoran ran to succeed him in the 45th District, which included parts of southern Pasco County and northern Pinellas County. When the state legislative districts were redrawn in 2012, he was drawn into the 37th District, which included some of the areas in Pasco County that he represented in the 45th District.
He faced a challenge from Strother Hammond in the Republican primary. He was endorsed for re-election by The Tampa Tribune. He defeated Hammond, gathering nearly 84% of the vote. He was subsequently re-elected without opposition in both 2014 and 2016. Following his 2016 election, he became Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2016-2018 legislative session.

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When former House Speaker Richard Corcoran was running for governor, he said he was going to “go big, or go home.” His “big” now appears to be the state’s top education job, overseeing a high-profile bureaucracy that handles issues as wide-ranging as teacher certification, student testing, school improvement, and charter school appeals. Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has recommended Corcoran for the commissioner’s job, which Pam Stewart has agreed to leave Jan. 8. And the State Board of Education, which includes several members of the DeSantis transition team, has agreed to take up the appointment at a 10 a.m. meeting today in the Capitol.
Few expect anything but quick approval for the Pasco County politician. Former state Senate President Don Gaetz, who has consulted with DeSantis about the role, gave Corcoran 90-10 odds of being seated. “I would expect the Board of Education would show great deference to the governor they work for,” Gaetz said. “Richard Corcoran is an outstanding candidate. He will bring vastly needed changes and improvements to the Department of Education and to education in general.” When the board last met in October, it extended Stewart’s term by a year and did not have any more sessions planned during 2018.
Soon after DeSantis won the election, the board added a December conference call meeting to its calendar, without explanation. After DeSantis expressed his preference for Corcoran, a fellow traveler in the anti-tax, pro-charter world, Stewart resigned and the board changed its next meeting to an in-person affair. Today’s agenda calls for consideration of a new commissioner, without any background materials attached. The absence of a name or resume has not stopped Corcoran backers, such as former Gov.
Jeb Bush, from praising his potential, or critics, including state and local teacher organizations, from mounting a campaign to urge board members to conduct a thorough search for a more experienced educator. They argued that the position is too important to hand to an “out of work politician” who they contend seeks to privatize the public school system. The St. Augustine Record newspaper, which serves a county with one of Florida’s highest-performing public school systems, lamented the possibility.
“The charter school fox is heading for the Department of Education hen house and, for public schooling, that’s finger-lickin’ bad,” the paper said in an editorial, also calling Corcoran a “hack.” In 2007, 2011 and 2012, the State Board looked nationally for the commissioner. It found Eric Smith, who lasted four years, at the College Board in New York; Gerard Robinson in Virginia’s education department, and Tony Bennett in Indiana, where he had lost the election as public schools superintendent. After neither Robinson nor Bennett lasted a full year, the board turned to consummate insider Stewart, the department’s K-12 chancellor, to take charge.
Some observers have speculated that the shaky tenures of the outsiders have primed the state to stick with the tried and true. And Corcoran fits that description. He’s been known for his shrewd political ability since his days as Marco Rubio’s chief of staff, and his passion for conservative education issues such as tax credit scholarships and teacher performance pay came through clearly during his legislative tenure.
If the board appoints him, he’s expected to transform the usually behind-the-scenes job into a more high-profile bully pulpit for pushing the DeSantis agenda, which includes a call for increasing vocational programs, reviewing the state’s standards and curriculum, and expanding choice programs such as tax credit scholarships. They anticipate him working with legislators, most of whom he already knows, to forward ideas in law and then shape them into rules.
One big question is whether the state’s elected superintendents and school board members will share the vision, or push back as they have in recent years for increased funding to meet growing needs and against state mandates they can’t afford. While the commissioner runs a state agency, he or she does not control local districts, which have their own constitutional authority. But first, the State Board has to decide whether it will accept DeSantis’ recommendation or look elsewhere for a new commissioner. Corcoran has yet to publicly explain why he wants the job, and board members have not responded to questions about how they view his nomination.

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Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran‘s department started Monday with the release of a report showing that charter students are outperforming public school students. “There is simply no denying that choice works, particularly for minority and low-income students,” Corcoran said. “These results represent hundreds of thousands of Florida families who were empowered to make the best education decisions for their children and are reaping the benefits.” “Gov. He has made bold choice-related proposals leading into the 2019 Legislative Session,” the Commissioner added, “and this report provides further evidence that they are right for Florida.”
The release of the report couldn’t have been more timely. The Tampa Bay Times reports on a committee bill that would expand the Schools of Hope. This expansion would be in line with other moves from DeSantis, including moving to fully-fund special needs scholarships. Based on test scores, the report contends that in measure after measure, charter students outperform public school students, including higher rates of grade level performance and lowering of the achievement gaps across demographic groups. One key data point: 47 percent of charters are A rated, compared to just 28 percent of public schools.
Nevertheless, public schools have a higher percentage of B and C rated institutions. Currently, nearly 300,000 students attend charter schools. And DeSantis, both as a candidate and in his nascent administration, has prioritized alternatives to public schools. On the trail, DeSantis vowed to “support school choice options such as public magnet schools, district and non-district-managed public charter schools, Florida Virtual School, home education, and the various other choice options.” There are political benefits for his position, at least anecdotally.
One school of thought is that stance helped him with African-American women, who see their children benefiting from charter schools. In comparison, Democrat Andrew Gillum advocated a traditional model of education. While school choice advocates will use the Department of Education this Legislative Session, other analyses raise caveats. Among those is a Dec. 2018 study from the University of Florida, which posited that charters are less responsive to the “neediest” students. Undoubtedly, a counternarrative to this study’s findings will emerge as Monday progresses, so updates will be forthcoming.