Friday, February 27, 2015


TALLAHASSEE, Fla., February 24, 2015 – Today, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced the 11 members of the Keep Florida Learning Committee, which was recently established to review key education issues.

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart said, “Our state has made tremendous strides under Governor Rick Scott’s leadership and I established the Keep Florida Learning Committee to ensure we remain on this successful track. I want to thank all of the applicants for their interest in serving on the committee and I look forward to participating in this very important conversation on the future of Florida students.”

The following members will serve on the Keep Florida Learning Committee:
·         Education Commissioner Pam Stewart
·         2015 Florida Teacher of the Year: Christie Bassett, Polk County
·         Legislator: Representative Manny D√≠az, Jr.
·         Principal: Dr. Margaret Fahringer, Miami-Dade County
·         Teacher: Doris Garcia, Orange County
·         Parent: Julia Hendricks, Pasco County
·         School Board Member: Patty Hightower, Escambia County
·         Higher Education Participant: Joe Pickens, Putnam County
·         Superintendent: Dr. Owen Roberts, Alachua County
·         Legislator: Senator Kelli Stargel
·         Parent: Laura Zorc, Indian River County

The Keep Florida Learning Committee will review further deregulation opportunities for the school system; analyze instructional material review processes used by school boards; identify strategies to increase parental involvement; and review the implementation of the Florida Standards and the Florida Standards Assessment over the next year.

The Department of Education received more than 2,800 applications from teachers, superintendents, school board members, higher education representatives, and members of the public from around the state. 

Applicants who were not appointed to one of the ten slots, along any interested Floridians, can submit comments online at or by phone at 1-866-507-1109. Additionally, Floridians can email the Department of Education at  All of the committee’s meetings will be open to the public.

For a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Keep Florida Learning Committee, visit


For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit

Monday, February 9, 2015

CTE on the Hill Schedule

CTE on the Hill Schedule

Lots of CTE folks are on their way to Tallahassee to celebrate CTE on the Hill. Here is the schedule for the next few days:

Tuesday February 10, 2015
2:00 p.m.         School District Secondary Director and Technical/College Director FLCTE Workshop Meetings -Secondary and Post-secondary FLCTE members will separately
                                                Lively Technical Center, Tallahassee

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
                8:00 a.m.   CTE displays will be set up on the 1st and second floor of the Capitol Rotunda
                8:15-2:00   CTE displays available to view
                8:30 a.m.   CTE Program in the Governor’s Cabinet room- first floor of the Capitol
                                     Following speakers:
                                                Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Career and Adult Education
                                                Bill McCormick, Recognition of Special Support
                                                                Bill Montford
                                                                Ray Rodrigues

Barbara Sanchez, State Northern Vice-President of HOSA, Florida Health Occupations Student Association

Thursday, February 5, 2015

State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 Year in Review

I’m delighted to share with you ACTE’s new publication, co-authored with the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 Year in Review, available at This is the second annual review of state action related to CTE. With this brief, you can learn about key trends in CTE-related policies across the country last year, and drill down with a state-by-state review of key legislation and other actions.