Charter School Conference to be Held in Orlando

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Tallahassee, Fla., November 12, 2012 – The 16th Annual Charter School Conference will be held this week in Orlando. The conference will showcase nearly 80 breakout sessions that highlight charter school best practices, education updates, and information from the Department of Education, and more than 140 exhibitors, all focused on providing a quality educational opportunity for Florida’s families.

WHAT: Florida’s 16th Annual Charter School Conference

WHEN: November 14 – 16, 2012

WHERE: Caribe Orlando Resort
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Fla.

Media are welcome and encouraged to get a media credential.

Opening General Session
Thursday, November 15, 2012
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Deborah Kenny, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Harlem Village Academies

Thursday, November 15, 2012
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Featured Speaker: Byron Pitts, CBS Evening News Chief National Correspondent, 60 Minutes Contributing Correspondent, and Author, Step Out On Nothing

Closing General Session
Friday, November 16, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “Working Together for the Future of Charter Schools” moderated by Adam Emerson, Director of Program on Parental Choice, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Darryl Cobb, Partner and Vice President, Charter School Growth Fund
Lisa Grover, Senior Director of State Advocacy, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Michael D. Kooi, Executive Director, Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice, Florida Department of Education
Richard Moreno, Executive Director, Charter School Services Corporation, A Building Hope Affiliate

For more information, visit Charter School Conference.


About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills, and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit


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