FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
CHARTER SCHOOL CONFERENCE KICKS OFF
Tallahassee, Fla., November 15, 2012 – The 16th Annual Charter School Conference kicked off today in Orlando with more than 750 participants registered to attend. The two-day conference features opening general session keynote speaker Dr. Deborah Kenney, founder and chief executive officer of Harlem Village Academies; luncheon speaker Byron Pitts, CBS Evening News chief national correspondent, 60 Minutes contributing correspondent, and author of Step Out On Nothing; and more than 80 breakout sessions featuring charter school best practices, education updates, and innovative teaching strategies that use technology to improve learning in the classroom.
“Florida is a leader in providing high quality educational options for all children,” said Michael Kooi, executive director of the Department of Education’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice. “The conference celebrates the success of Florida’s charter schools and their unique ability to meet the needs of each student. By providing options, a student can choose the learning environment best suited to help them reach their highest level of achievement.”
Florida’s charter schools offer a quality academic choice for students, and contribute to the state’s long-standing commitment to provide a wide variety of educational options for Florida’s families. 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 www.fldoe.org.