Fla. senators and business leaders to meet on education initiatives

FL Sen Don Gaetz officialAt a briefing in Tallahassee on Tuesday, a coalition of senators will meet with representatives of Florida’s major business organizations to discuss legislation to expand Florida’s Career and Professional Education Act.

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, will outline the background, importance and future plans for the act in order to build on current partnerships among businesses, industry, educators and policy-makers.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Senate President Office Conference, Room 409 in the Capitol, from 9  to 10 a.m.

Those invited include business leaders from Associated Industries of Florida, Blackboard, Dell, Florida Association of Insurance Agents, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Council of 100, Florida Medical Association, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Inspired Technologies, L3 Strategies, Manufacturers Association of Florida, National Federation of Independent Business, Salesforce.com and Workforce Florida.

Later in the day, the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Legg, will host a discussion of the Career and Professional Education Act initiatives in an effort to work toward 2013 legislation that will further improve the program. That meeting will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  in the Pat Thomas Committee Room, 412 Knott Building. This meeting will feature consideration of Senate Bills 86, 134 and 352 and a number of appointment confirmations.

The Career and Professional Education Act was passed by the Florida Legislature in 2007 to provide a statewide planning partnership between the businesses and education communities in order to attract, expand and retain targeted, high-value industries and to sustain a strong, knowledge-based economy. High standards are maintained while students earn industry certifications and college credits through content established in current course curriculum. The 100,000th national industry certification was awarded to a Florida high school student during the last school year.



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