Scott’s Education Summit Wraps Up
August 29, 2013
Gov. Rick Scott hailed the conclusion of his three-day education summit from afar, issuing a statement Wednesday after the educators, business leaders and advocates adjourned their meeting in Clearwater.
“The discussion and ideas generated this week will guide our future decisions and steps we will take through either legislative proposals, action by the State Board of Education or executive action,” Scott said.
The discussions largely focused on high-level ideas and few specific recommendations, such as whether the state should bail out of a consortium of states developing new tests for the nationwide “common core” standards now being implemented in Florida classrooms.
Democrats slammed Scott for not attending the sessions in person.
“After a disastrous summer for Florida’s education system, Rick Scott should have learned a lesson about hands-on management,” said Allison Tant, chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party. “Instead, he cannot even be bothered to attend his own education summit, which he himself said was designed to improve communication and confidence in Florida’s schools.”
But interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart deflected those criticisms and said Scott would be brought up to speed on the discussions.
“The governor asked me to convene this education summit. … We certainly will have conversation,” she told reporters.