The Florida Department of Education has made the decision to pursue action against the professional educator certificate of Leon County School Superintendent Rocky Hanna.
Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. – in a letter to Superintendent Rocky Hanna on April 4 – stated that there is probable cause to “justify sanctions against your Florida educator certificate.”
The Florida DOE complaint alleges – in part – that Hanna violated professional conduct for educators, failed to separate his personal views from those of Leon County Schools, made intentional statements that distorted facts and used “coercive means or promised special treatment to influence professional judgements of colleagues.”
Also included in the complaint is a reference to the email sent from Hanna in August of last year to LCS teachers which referenced the statement “You do You!”
Hanna wrote, “let me be clear about one thing– I will always have your back! I realize this is improper grammar but, “You do You”! Continue to teach the standards just as you have always done and do not worry for one minute about naysayers political and others who are trying to mislead people and control what you can and cannot say in your classroom. If someone wants to come after you they will have to go through us and our attorneys.”
The complaint states that Hanna’s declaration to a teacher that ‘You Do You!’ opens the door to teachers imposing their own individual political and religious views on students and teachers failing to teach with fidelity the Florida standards.
Hanna informed school officials – via a letter – that “the Florida Department of Education has made the decision to pursue action against my professional educator certificate.”
The full letter is provided below.
LETTER FROM HANNA TO LCS OFFICIALS
I wanted to tell you personally that the Florida Department of Education has made the decision to pursue action against my professional educator certificate. Never in a million years would I have imagined something like this happening to me. When I started as a classroom teacher thirty-five years ago, all i ever wanted to do was help young people succeed in life. To this day, I am still focused and committed to that mission and I am angered and disheartened that this situation has gotten this far.
I am certain this news will spread quickly and, out of respect, I wanted you to have heard it from me first. I will not allow this to become a distraction. I will continue to work hard every day to provide support to you and your schools, keeping my focus on the students as we head towards the end of a great school year and high school graduation ceremonies.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.