2006 Florida Education Summit

Educators near and far are exploring the best practices for continued improvement in education in Florida. 2005 FCAT results show Florida students are improving in reading and math.

Bob McClure, President/CEO of the James Madison Institute, says, “It's because through the A+ program, the Legislature injected competition and choice. That has forced schools of all stripes, public and private, to be accountable to parents."

FCAT and the A + plan are but a couple of topics discussed at the 2006 Florida Education Summit Tuesday, hosted by the James Madison Institute.

Education leaders from across the state and country on hand say the summit is an information basis for solutions to Florida education.

Dr. Howard Fuller, keynote speaker for the education summit, said, "If we can help people understand clearly why opportunity scholarships and other forms of parental choice will help low-income and working class families and get people committed to that, I think that will help Florida's children and Florida's families, and Florida."

The percentage of Leon County tenth graders at or above grade level stayed the same, as 2004 FCAT results in reading improved by two percent in math and five percent in writing.

Leon County School Superintendent Bill Montford says the summit will allow even more progress in the future.

Bill Montford says, "We appreciate the fact that we have such national and statewide leaders here discussing these issues that are very important to us in public education."

Also discussed was fiscal accountability, measures of progress, and preparing Florida's children for the global marketplace.