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Florida Council of 100 to Co-Host Education Summit at SeaWorld

The Florida Council of 100, the Florida Chamber Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation, and AT&T are set to co-host a summit on the new Common Core State Standards and other educational issues confronting Florida at SeaWorld in Orlando on Feb. 27.

The agenda includes:

A panel on Common Core State Standards moderated by Alberto Carvalho, superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and featuring Robert Corcoran, president and 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 Lt. Gov. 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 Sen.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 and CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami Inc.; former chairman, Florida State Board of Education.

Tony Bennett, Florida Commissioner of Education, is scheduled as the keynote speaker.

For information, contact Steven Birnholz at

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