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Florida Chamber of Commerce Statement on Governor Rick Scott’s Commitment to Common Core Standards
“Education is the new economic development currency and our ‘jobs governor’ has it right,” says Mark Wilson
TALLAHASSEE, FL (October 25, 2012) – Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson issued the following statement today regarding Governor Rick Scott’s College & Career FIRST education plan.
“I have said repeatedly, creating a talented workforce through high quality education should be our No. 1 strategy for securing Florida’s future.
“In just five years, Florida has gone from 31st out of 50 states to 11th highest in education achievement rankings. Florida’s gains now serve as a model for other states, including Louisiana, Indiana, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and now even North Carolina. Florida’s students are being equipped for a changing world and a highly competitive workforce. But we know that we have more work to do to prepare our students to be globally competitive.
“Part of that work includes transitioning to a new, national ‘Common Core’ set of academic standards for English, language arts and math that are benchmarked to international standards and aligned with college entrance and employer expectations.
“Education is the new economic development currency and our ‘jobs governor’ has it right. I commend Governor Scott for placing the transition to Common Core standards at the top of his College and Career FIRST education plan and the Florida Chamber of Commerce will continue to lead and unite the business community for reform.”
Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.Tweet