Today, I visited Fort Walton Beach High School and Davidson Middle School in Crestview to meet with teachers and students where I heard ideas about how we can make sure our students are successfully prepared for college and the workforce. Many of the teachers expressed the need for an efficient testing system that would effectively measure students and enhance their achievement in the classroom.
At Davidson, I was fortunate to visit a biomedical science class that is preparing students for careers in medicine, and at Fort Walton, I spoke to an AP Government class where students were learning about the Bill of Rights. It is evident at both schools that teachers are creating a positive learning environment to ensure the success of their students.
Last Friday, I also had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Florida Education Association where we discussed ways to continue to develop our education policies. I told the FEA that at a minimum, we will sustain current state funding for education in the next budget and aim to increase it where we can.
Meeting with parents, teachers, students and education stakeholders has been a great opportunity to hear ideas on how we can best prepare our students for colleges and careers. The policies in the next budget and upcoming legislative session will be designed around ways to continue to improve our education system. As we continue to finalize our education policy, I look forward to meeting with more Floridians and hearing their ideas on how we can improve our education system.

 

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