Yesterday, I visited Lexington Middle School in Fort Myers and Madeira Beach Fundamental School in Madeira Beach to hear ideas from parents and teachers on how we can improve Florida’s education system. At both schools, parents and teachers talked about creating a path for students to gain needed career skills in high school. Ensuring our students are best prepared for the workforce, whether after college or immediately following graduation from high school has been a common goal I heard throughout my meetings.

Teachers also suggested ways for the state to make sure that assessments can maximize student achievement.  Later in the day, I was fortunate to meet with members of the Florida Parent Teacher Association who discussed the need for students to be prepared to get jobs after they graduate. Today, my education listening tour continues with meetings in Ocoee Middle School followed by dinner with the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

 

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