Last updated on: 6/17/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Rick Scott, JD Biography

Title:
Governor of Florida
Position:
Con to the question "Should Teachers Get Tenure?"
Reasoning:

“Just like we hold government accountable, we should also hold teachers accountable, and this is one simple way to do that. We also need to eliminate teacher tenure so that we can replace bad teachers. Good teachers know they don’t need tenure. There is no reason to have it except to protect those that don’t perform as they should. If we do that, and we give parents more options for educating their kids, we’ll be well on our way to fixing Florida’s economy.”

Speech at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s South Florida Economic Summit, tampabay.com, Jan. 11, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor of Florida, Jan. 4, 2011-present
  • Founder, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, Mar. 2009-present
  • Trustee, Naples Community Church. 2006-present
  • Co-founder, Solantic Corporation, 2001
  • Board Member, National Board of the United Way, 1997-2003
  • Founder, Columbia Hospital Corporation, 1987-1997
  • Petty Officer Third Class, Naval Radar Technician, USS Glover, 1971-1974
  • Former lawyer, Johnson & Swanson
  • Former partner of George W. Bush in ownership of the Texas Rangers
Education:
  • JD, Southern Methodist University, 1978
  • BS, Business Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1975
Other:
  • Born in Bloomington, Illinois on Dec. 1, 1952
  • Raised in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Has two daughters, Jordan and Allison
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Teachers Get Tenure?