Last night, more than 125 community members joined State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) at Cooper City High School in Broward County for the “State of Education” Forum. Interested parents, teachers, students, administrators and community members came out to participate in a discussion on improving public education in Florida. Broward Schools Superintendent Jim Notter and School Board Member Patti Good were on hand to welcome the large, enthusiastic crowd.
The highlight of the summit was presentations by a distinguished group of panelists, including: Dr. Susan Fuhrman, President of Columbia University Teachers College; Mary Tappen, Florida Department of Education; Levi Williams, former member of the Broward College Board of Trustees; Pat Santoramo, President of Broward Teachers Union; Latha Krishnaiyer, Florida Parent-Teacher Association; Vance Aloupis, The Children’s Movement of Florida; Alan Levy, Broward Workshop; and Nora Rupert from the School Board of Broward County.
The forum consisted of three panels, each of which tackled different issues facing public education and answered questions submitted by the audience. Topics included Effective Teaching, Parental Involvement and Nurturing the Whole Child.
“As a former teacher and a mother of two, I know firsthand the trials and tribulations our parents, teachers and administrators face every day. The feedback was great. Most parents and teachers had never been a part of a forum like this and I am glad to help get the conversation going,” said Sobel.
Sen. Sobel plans to take the information learned during the summit to Tallahassee to help craft legislation during the 2011 Legislative Session.
“I am thankful for the insightful remarks by our great panelists and fantastic questions from the crowd. The audience was clearly excited about finding solutions facing one of the cornerstones of our democracy- public education. I want to give them a voice that I can echo in Tallahassee,” Sobel concluded.
Each of the panels will be available for viewing on Senator Sobel’s website next week. Keep checking www.flsenate.gov for updates.
CONTACT: Lori Kearns