Gov. Scott appoints Parkland shooting victim’s father to education board

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act in the governor’s office at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Friday, March 9, 2018. Scott is flanked by victims’ parents Gena Hoyer, left, Ryan Petty, second from left, Andrew Pollack, right, and his son Hunter Pollack, second from right. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser, AP)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appointing to the state’s education board the father of a teenager killed during a school shooting in Parkland.

Even though he is about to leave office, Scott announced nearly 80 appointments to various state boards on Friday. He appointed Andrew Pollack to the State Board of Education. The panel sets education policy and hires the state’s education commissioner.

Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis has the power to withdraw most of the last-minute appointments made by Scott.

Pollack’s daughter Meadow was among 17 people gunned down last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Pollack endorsed Scott’s bid for the U.S. Senate in a television ad that aired last fall.

Scott won the race and will step down from the governor’s office early next week.

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