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vendredi 23 août 2013

Florida wants education system review

Summit will bring together leaders.

With Florida’s public-school system facing major questions, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced plans for a summit next week that will bring together political, business and education leaders.

The summit, which will last from Monday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon in Clearwater, comes after the resignation of former Education Commissioner Tony Bennett and as debates swirl about the state’s school-grading system and a move to “Common Core” standards.

“Florida’s education accountability system has become a national model, but we are at a critical point in our history,” Scott said in a news release announcing the summit. “Our students need and deserve a quality education that emphasizes critical thinking and analysis. Our teachers and schools need our support as we continue to compete nationally and globally in preparing students for success in college, career and in life.”

Scott asked interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart to focus the summit on four broad issues — state standards, student assessments, school grades and teacher evaluations. Those issues have repeatedly drawn controversy during the past 15 years.

Written by The News Service of Florida

Aug. 22, 2013 10:53 PM

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