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Today, Governor Rick Scott was joined by President of AT&T Florida Marshall M. Criser to announce AT&T will invest $200,000 to the Florida Education Foundation to support online help for children to excel with the new Common Core standards.
The Governor made the announcement at South Pointe Elementary School where he was joined by South Pointe Elementary Principal Melanie Fishman, County Commission Chairwomen Rebecca Sosa, Board of Education Member Dr. Ada G. Armas, Director University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning Donald Pemberton, Ph.D., Florida’s 2013 Teacher of the Year Alex Lopes, 2013 Principal of the Year Dr. Pablo Ortiz, 2013 Assistant Principal of the Year Dr. Denise Barrett-Johnson, Vice President of Advocacy for Miami Dade PTA Joe Gebera and President of Broward County PTA Linda Nestor.
Governor Scott said, “The key to student success is making sure our students have the tools they need to succeed with the new Common Core standards. That’s why our Florida Families First budget increases education investments by $1.2 billion, and provides teachers with a $2,500 pay raise, along with the cost of related benefits. I’m also proud that AT&T is stepping up and supporting our schools with an investment of $200,000 for the Florida Education Foundation to support students’ efforts to master the new Common Core standards. This is great news for students and Florida families.”
“Governor Scott’s College & Career First challenges Floridians to invest in education and better prepare our students for the future, says Marshall Criser III, AT&T President-Florida, Puerto Rico & USVI. “AT&T is prepared to respond to that challenge with an investment in tools that prepare our students for Florida’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards. “As an employer of more than 15,000 Floridians, AT&T understands that these investments will better prepare Florida students to succeed in the workplace of the future. Their success will be Florida’s success as we create and fill jobs in our state.”
In a recent Quality Counts ranking, students and teachers were ranked 6th for educational quality. Additionally, on a recent international reading survey, fourth graders scored among the best in the world and the National Council on Teacher Quality ranked Florida teachers number one in the country on last year’s survey.