Lawmakers to visit digital classrooms in Port Richey

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Two Florida lawmakers will visit Pasco County Friday to get a direct look at the latest advances in digital learning.

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford joins Sen. John Legg on a visit to the state’s largest digital classrooms, located at Port Richey’s Dayspring Academy Middle School.

Beginning 11 a.m., the Speaker and Chair will explore the digital classrooms, followed by a discussion of the role technology plays in Florida’s education system.

“Friday’s visit will provide the perfect opportunity to talk with and learn from the students and teachers who are succeeding because of the digital skills and tools deployed in their school,” said Legg, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. “In today’s digital society, technology plays a vital role in the development of our next generation, and I am extremely excited to see firsthand teachers embracing and utilizing technology in their classrooms.”

Both legislators will observe digital classrooms in action, and will receive feedback from both teachers and students.

“We are making tremendous progress innovating education by increasing Florida’s commitment to using more technology and digital learning in the classroom,” said Weatherford. “I thank Senator Legg for bringing us together to discuss the exciting transformation happening in Florida schools.”

Following the tour, Weatherford and Legg will be available for interviews on the legislative impact of school technology.

Dayspring Academy Middle School is located at 9509 Palm Avenue in Port Richey. 

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