Florida Council of 100 to hold education summit next Wednesday

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On February 27, the Florida Council of 100; the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the National Chamber Foundation; the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and AT&T will be hosting a Florida Education Summit, “Breaking Through Mediocrity – Implementing the Common Core State Standards,” in Orlando.  

National, state, and local business and education experts will convene to discuss issues facing Florida’s K-12 educational system and potential solutions that could further drive student achievement. 

The agenda includes: 

·         A welcome from Marshall Criser, III, Chairman, Florida Council of 100; President, AT&T Florida 

·         A keynote address by Dr. Tony Bennett, Florida Commissioner of Education 

·         A panel on Common Core State Standards moderated by Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and featuring Robert Corcoran, President & Chairman, GE Foundation; Dr. William Schmidt, Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University; Jason Zimba, Co-Founder, Student Achievement Partners; and Kelli Wells, Program Director, U.S. Education, GE Foundation 

·         A business stakeholder panel on human resources in the workplace moderated by Former Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings, and featuring Lars Houmann, Chairman, Florida Chamber of Commerce; John Zumwalt, III, Chairman, Florida TaxWatch; Jim Horne, Representative, Associated Industries of Florida; Allan Bense, Chairman, James Madison Institute; and Marshall Criser, III 

·         A panel of Florida education and civic stakeholders moderated by Marshall Criser, III, and featuring Andy Ford, President, Florida Education Association; Jean Hovey, Executive Director, Florida PTA; Mary Laura Bragg, National Policy Director of State Policy Implementation, Foundation for Excellence in Education; State Senator Bill Montford, CEO, Florida Association of District School Superintendents; Joe Pickens, Chair, Florida College System Council of Presidents and Board Member, Southern Regional Education Board; Dr. Marcy Driscoll, Dean, Florida State University College of Education; and T. Willard Fair, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc.; Former Chairman, Florida State Board of Education 

·         Remarks by Tony Miller, Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Education; Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce; Cheryl Oldham, Vice President, Institute for a Competitive Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Scott Hill, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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