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Florida Chamber Foundation encourages business, education leaders to focus on talent pipeline

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The most important tool in the economic development toolkit might have little to do with tax incentives. Mark Wilson, the president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday that talent is “replacing the tax incentive as the economic tool of choice” in Florida. This should encourage business, community and education leaders to prioritize the creation of a talented, homegrown workforce. “We have 1,000 people a day moving to Florida. When employers look at where they’re going to…

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Florida Chamber Foundation focuses on making students ‘prosperous for the rest of their life’

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The Florida Chamber Foundation wants to make sure the next generation’s careers get a running state. The foundation will hold its annual education summit in Orlando on Thursday. The one-day Learners to Earners Education Summit is meant to bring together stakeholders to discuss how to make sure students are prepared for the workforce. “It has evolved into … what’s our responsibility to a student to make sure they’re prosperous for the rest of their life,” said Tony Carvajal, executive vice…

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Foundation for Florida’s Future’s report card grades lawmakers for 2016 Session

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Twenty legislators earned spots on the Jeb Bush-founded Foundation for Florida’s Future honor roll this year, according to a press release. The nonprofit organization, which supports initiatives such as school choice, issues a yearly report card on lawmakers “for their actions to improve the quality of education in the Sunshine State through support for student-centered policies,” the release said. “Because of their actions the parents of students with disabilities now have more options in preparing their children for success, all students…

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Foundation for Florida’s Future highlight expanded education options passed by lawmakers

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The Foundation for Florida’s Future highlighted a bevy of bills and budget items passed by the Florida Legislature in a celebratory email sent out by the education advocacy group Friday. “More Florida children will get a better education – that is the takeaway from this year’s legislative session,” said Patricia Levesque, executive director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. “Lawmakers have continued a tradition in which each new generation of leaders adds to a reform effort that has changed the face…

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Foundation for Florida’s Future celebrates educational highlights of newly passed budget

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Florida lawmakers capped an overtime marathon session this afternoon by passing a $78.8 billion state budget, 11 days before the end of the state fiscal year ends. For the state’s students, the budget – passed unanimously by the Senate and by a 96-17 vote in the House  – offers a $780 million increase for public schools. Among the educational proposals are boosts to per-student education funding, added benefits for Florida’s full-time teachers and expanding educational opportunities for students with special needs.…

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Marco Rubio names Liz Cheney and Patricia Levesque, force behind SB 6, to his Policy Advisory Committee

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U.S. Senate Republican candidate Marco Rubio today announced the members of his Rubio for Senate Policy Advisory Committee. The Committee will be charged with providing Marco with critical policy advice on the challenges facing our country, the policies coming out Washington and the issues before the United States Senate. Throughout this campaign, Marco has been the only candidate to consistently talk about the issues most critical to Floridians and the public policies America will need to restore its limited government…

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Jeb Bush’s foundation lauches TV ads in support of SB 6

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The Foundation for Florida’s Future today unveiled a television commercial to emphasize the benefits of Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 7189 for students who are facing tremendous obstacles. The television commercial begins airing in Tallahassee tomorrow. “Florida needs to make sure every student is learning,” said Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. “This bill rewards teachers who have the toughest teaching jobs and make great progress with their students.” The bill requires higher salaries for…

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