Florida Education Commissioner Corcoran says he’s resigning in April

Linda D. Garrow

Richard Corcoran is resigning from his position as commissioner of the Florida Department of Education at the end of April.

“During his tenure, both in the House and at the Department, our state has become an education juggernaut and national leader for innovation,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said of Corcoran, the Florida House speaker in 2016-18, in a press release Thursday. 

“We wish him well and thank him for his service,” he added. The announcement came as lawmakers are wrapping up their yearly 60-day session, with plans to return Monday to vote on a 2022-23 state budget.  

Corcoran, a lawyer who was appointed by DeSantis in December 2018, will return to private life and “looks forward to spending more time with his wife Anne and their six children,” the press release said. The state’s salary database shows he was paid $284,280 a year as commissioner. 


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