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Biographical Information for John L. Winn, MA
Chief of Staff to Commissioner Jim Horne
John Winn, an educator who began his career as an elementary and middle school teacher, serves as Chief of Staff to Education Commissioner Jim Horne. Prior to taking this position he served as Deputy Commissioner for Accountability, Research and Measurement at the Department of Education from 2002-2003.
John Winn has a distinguished career in education policy and a lifelong commitment to quality education for all students. As Frank Brogan's Education Policy Director he contributed significant work to Florida's charter school authorizing legislation and establishing the State Board of Education's authority to enforce accountability for school performance. This legislation still serves as the foundation for the board's authority in accountability.
After serving four years with Commissioner Brogan, Winn joined Governor Bush as his Education Policy Coordinator. While in that position, he was responsible for drafting and directing the Governor's education budget recommendations and legislative initiatives for all education sectors. These included the A+ Plan for Education, One Florida programs, K20 education system, and charter district legislation. He was also instrumental in crafting the John McKay Scholarship authorizing legislation. While in this position, he played a major role in developing the concept and implementation of education FCAT student learning gains, school grading formula, and the K20 data warehouse.
Winn returned to the Department of Education with Commissioner Jim Horne to assist in the restructuring of the Department of Education and the K20 education system. Since returning he coordinated the massive restructuring of the Florida School Code, centralized all data and accountability operations and participated in selecting a high performing senior staff.
Serving for thirty years in education, John Winn has built a solid reputation as an authority on policy issues facing public education at every level. He is respected throughout the Florida education community and nationally. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated commitment and compassion in improving education quality and opportunity.