Governor Charlie Crist recently appointed Charles P. Ervin, Jr., chair of the Department of Secondary Education, to a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. (FFMT). The FFMT board is appointed by Florida's Governor and commissioned to oversee the administration and management of the multimillion dollar Florida Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (FMTES) program.
"It is an extreme pleasure to assist in advocating and helping to eliminate the approximately 22,000 shortage of teachers in Florida, and more importantly to increase diversity and quality of the teachers in public education in the state of Florida, through the FMTES program,” said Ervin.
There are currently 35 FAMU teacher education students who receive $2,000 per semester under this scholarship program. The program funds approximately 635 scholarships at colleges and universities statewide.
Ervin was also reappointed to a three-year term of membership to the Board of Directors of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition to help eliminate homelessness and enhance the education of homeless children and families in the Big Bend Community.