In one of his last moves before leaving the governorship for a U.S. Senate seat, Governor Rick Scott (R-Fla.) appointed Andrew Pollack to the state’s Board of Education.
Pollack lost his daughter, Meadow Pollack, in the horrific school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year.
Since his daughter’s death, Pollack became a champion of fixing school safety issues by focusing on the issue itself, rather than tackling massive ideas like the Second Amendment and gun ownership.
Despite the smears against the National Rifle Association by some in the March for Our Lives movement, Pollack has remained supportive of the organization and has commended their continued coverage of the investigation into the shooting.
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) January 6, 2019
Pollack believes focusing on issues that are less divisive and more practical will result in meaningful change, with his most vocal call being for improved security within the school itself.
I am not doing this to get famous, I am doing this so no family ever again has to feel the way my family feels. There are no excuses! We must have proper security in every school in America! I will not stop until that is accomplished. We must #FixIt! #MeadowsMovement pic.twitter.com/Hz6v9S9vrI
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) April 11, 2018
Pollack’s drive to address school security caught Gov. Scott’s eye and landed him a position on the board for the Florida Department of Education.
The father of three thanked Scott for the position and detailed his goals to secure schools by holding school boards and leaders accountable for their actions. He also wants to work to increase teacher pay.
Thank you @ScottforFlorida for the appointment to the Fl DOE Board.
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) January 5, 2019
Pollack’s emphasis on accountability comes after several reports detailed all of the missed warning signs and opportunities that could have prevented his daughter’s death.
One recent report from the Florida Sun Sentenial noted the Parkland shooter had 69 documented mental health warnings, and at least 30 people within the school were aware of his threatening behavior prior to the shooting.
Pollack has been relentless in his attacks on Stoneman Douglas Superintendent Robert Runcie and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, both of whom he believes failed in their responsibility to protect the students.
This minute by minute playback with so many missed opportunities for intervention is heartbreaking. I don’t know how @browardsheriff or @RobertwRuncie could watch this and not immediately resign. #fixit
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) December 28, 2018
Many were excited to see Pollack would be able to continue to hold the Parkland officials accountable through his new board position. Several publicly congratulated him, including his son Hunter Pollack.
Thank you @FLGovScott for appointing my father, @AndrewPollackFL, to this incredible position. We’re confident that he will do amazing work for Florida’s education. Congratulations!https://t.co/ozBnvmdY8f
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) January 5, 2019
Although Pollack’s board placement must still be approved by the Florida Senate, his position on the board went into effect Friday. His term runs until December 31, 2022.