Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna has reached an agreement with the Florida Department of Education (DOE). The agreement is the result of an investigation that determined there was probable cause to justify sanctions against Hanna.
The settlement includes two years probation, a $1,000 fine to be paid during the probationary period and Hanna must take college-level classes in education leadership and education ethics.
Hanna released the following statement:
Impactful leaders lead by uniting not dividing. Effective leaders understand when to fight and when to be still. If others throughout history could be placed in jail for simply advocating for what they believed in, the least I can do is be still for now and accept a much lesser punishment for doing what I believe. I cannot be impactful or effective if I am removed from office.
My commitment, has and always will be, to our community, our schools, and most importantly to our teachers and students. In this situation, as hard as it may be, I have chosen to ignore my personal pride and remain focused on the bigger picture–helping every student in our district prepare for their next step in life. Whether that is going to college, pursuing a technical career, joining the military or directly entering the workforce.
I have done nothing wrong. I absolutely have no “history of defying the law” nor have I ever suggested to anyone to violate the law or not teach the Florida Standards as established by the Board of Education. Although I have chosen to accept this agreement I do not regret doing what I was elected to do by the citizens of Leon County–advocating for our teachers, our children and our public schools.
Over the last 4 years, 61 of 67 Florida public school superintendents have been removed from office or replaced, many for political reasons. In this current political environment, I do not want to become number 62 and replaced by a governor appointee. If this were to happen, I wouldn’t be in a position to help anyone.
School starts back in exactly 51 days. I will be spending each one of them working to ensure our schools are prepared to offer our students a safe, high quality, learning environment for them to succeed. Thank you for your words of encouragement and support. Let’s get past all of this theater and remain focused on our challenges ahead, together.