Fla. education chief moves to strip license from principal in Holocaust furor

Florida’s education commissioner inserted himself into the roiling controversy over the reinstatement of a Palm Beach County principal who declined to call the Holocaust a fact, directing his administration to strip the principal’s educator certificate.



a man standing in front of a table: Fired Spanish River High Principal William Latson listens Tuesday as Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II, superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District, testifies during an administrative court hearing in which Latson is try to get his job back.


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Fired Spanish River High Principal William Latson listens Tuesday as Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II, superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District, testifies during an administrative court hearing in which Latson is try to get his job back.

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Friday that former Spanish River High School Principal William Latson “took advantage of his position of trust” and that state officials had a duty to remove the certificate that authorizes him to educate public school students.

Latson, who sparked international controversy last year by telling a parent he couldn’t say the Holocaust was a historical fact, was reinstated last week by the county school board, prompting a new wave of public outrage.

More: School board will reconsider vote to rehire principal who refused to call Holocaust a fact

Educator certificates are generally required to teach or work as a principal in a Florida public school. Corcoran called for the “cancellation” of Latson’s certificate “effective immediately.”



Richard Corcoran wearing a suit and tie: Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran speaks at Friday's meeting of the state Board of Education.


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Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran speaks at Friday’s meeting of the state Board of Education.

“As Commissioner of Education, I am charged with protecting the health, safety and welfare of Florida’s students, a responsibility I take very seriously,” Corcoran wrote in a letter to the chief of the state’s Bureau of Educator Certification.

“The safety of Florida students was recently jeopardized when it was reported that Mr. Latson, a principal in Palm Beach County, took advantage of his position of trust,” the letter stated. “I am committed to minimizing any potential threats to Florida students.”

More: Reinstated after Holocaust uproar, former principal remains unapologetic

Corcoran’s call to strip Latson’s certificate came the same day that the school board’s chairman called for board members to reconsider its 4-3 vote last week to reinstate Latson, putting in peril his new position in the district’s assessment department.

It was not immediately clear whether state education officials could immediately strip Latson’s license.

Normally, educators whose licenses are being considered for revocation have a chance first to appear before a state panel and respond to the allegations against them. Education department officials did not respond to a request for clarification Friday evening.

Even if Latson’s license were stripped, it might not affect his ability to work in the district.

District administrators have already said he will not be permitted to work on a school campus again, and his current administrative post in the district’s headquarters does not appear to require a state educator certificate.

Neither Latson nor his attorney responded to requests for comment Friday.

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Principal in Holocaust furor should lose license

Andrew Marra
 
| Palm Beach Post

Florida’s education commissioner inserted himself into the roiling controversy over the reinstatement of a Palm Beach County principal who declined to call the Holocaust a fact, directing his administration to strip the principal’s educator certificate.

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Friday that former Spanish River High School Principal William Latson “took advantage of his position of trust” and that state officials had a duty to remove the certificate that authorizes him to educate public school students.

Latson, who sparked international controversy last year by telling a parent he couldn’t say the Holocaust was a historical fact, was reinstated last week by the county school board, prompting a new wave of public outrage.

More: School board will reconsider vote to rehire principal who refused to call Holocaust a fact

Educator certificates are generally required to teach or work as a principal in a Florida public school. Corcoran called for the “cancellation” of Latson’s certificate “effective immediately.”

“As Commissioner of Education, I am charged with protecting the health, safety and welfare of Florida’s students, a responsibility I take very seriously,” Corcoran wrote in a letter to the chief of the state’s Bureau of Educator Certification.

“The safety of Florida students was recently jeopardized when it was reported that Mr. Latson, a principal in Palm Beach County, took advantage of his position of trust,” the letter stated. “I am committed to minimizing any potential threats to Florida students.”

More: Reinstated after Holocaust uproar, former principal remains unapologetic

Corcoran’s call to strip Latson’s certificate came the same day that the school board’s chairman called for board members to reconsider its 4-3 vote last week to reinstate Latson, putting in peril his new position in the district’s assessment department.

It was not immediately clear whether state education officials could immediately strip Latson’s license.

Normally, educators whose licenses are being considered for revocation have a chance first to appear before a state panel and respond to the allegations against them. Education department officials did not respond to a request for clarification Friday evening.

Even if Latson’s license were stripped, it might not affect his ability to work in the district.

District administrators have already said he will not be permitted to work on a school campus again, and his current administrative post in the district’s headquarters does not appear to require a state educator certificate.

Neither Latson nor his attorney responded to requests for comment Friday.

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Rain International LLC Granted Exclusive License of Seed Based Patent Application by University of Maryland

OREM, Utah – October 16, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

“Academic industry agreements like this one between the University of Maryland and Rain International are a great example of transferring new technologies from the laboratory bench to the market, bringing these discoveries to consumers,” said Dr. Kenneth Porter, Director, UM Ventures, College Park.

“This opportunity we have, to leverage and utilize these new technologies and discoveries from the University of Maryland, is something that is unique to our company,” said Byron Belka, the CEO and Founder of Rain International. “It’s going to improve the way we do things in an enormous way, which, consequently, will improve the lives and lifestyles of others in the process.”

Dr. Yu’s work is unique because it adds value to seed flour which is normally a waste product. She has investigated the nutritional value of seed flour in gut microbiota modulation, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation to reduce the risk of obesity and chronic human diseases.

Rain International broke into the health market in 2011, beginning with a seed-sourced supplement to improve the health of people all across the world. Since then, Rain International has expanded its seed- powered products, advancing seed science through social commerce, to advance health, and fitness.

“We are incredibly excited to see what this unique relationship offers to the health world, and to all those who benefit from what’s created as a byproduct of this agreement,” added Belka.

We are pleased to provide the opportunity for Rain International to use this technology,” said Dr. Yu. “We believe our technology has the potential to open new avenues for developing novel, edible seeds-based nutraceutical, supplemental and functional food products for reducing the risk of aging-associated chronic human diseases.”

According to Dr. Hemi Chopra, Innovation Manager, UM Ventures, “We look forward to a successful
relationship between the University of Maryland and Rain International LLC. One of the goals of UM Ventures is to take university technologies to the market to help consumers lead

a healthier
life.”

UM Ventures, the technology transfer initiative of University of Maryland, College Park, commercializes University of Maryland’s breakthrough discoveries, fueling technology licenses, the creation of innovative start-up companies and attracting industry leaders and entrepreneurs to the university. Researchers at the University of Maryland have created hundreds of engineering, bioengineering and life science innovations. The university’s Discovery Portfolio offers a mix of cutting-edge technologies, including electrical, mechanical and computer engineering, nano and quantum technologies, information sciences, plant sciences, biological sciences, vaccines, and gene editing systems to make a quantifiable impact on human wellbeing.

About the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students,10,000 faculty and staff, and 297 academic programs. As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 58 members of the

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