National Touring Education Summit makes stop in Central Florida

eearl@bradenton.comFebruary 28, 2013 

The Florida Education Summit "Breaking through Mediocrity" tour stopped in Orlando Wednesday to rally leaders in business and education and to address local education issues.

The summit was hosted by The Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Chamber Foundation, the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Florida Council of 100, and AT&T at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

Topics addressed at the summit included the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the business community's role in education.

"The goal is to bring business, community and education leaders together and talk about challenges specific to

the location. For Orlando, one of those challenges is college and career readiness," said Brandon Thomas, the account executive at Widmeyer Communications.

Thomas said that the tour also aims to raise awareness of the importance of preparing youth for the current workforce.

Readiness, the achievement gap, and the cost of remedial courses are major concerns for Orlando and its surrounding counties.

"Florida can save about $220 million in college course remediation costs if high school seniors were adequately prepared for those college courses," Thomas said.

The motivational conference also stressed the importance of having able graduates to enter into careers in the community.

The event is part of a cross-country tour to discuss education reform in local communities.

Orlando was the tour's only stop in Florida

"We are trying to do as many cities as we can within the school year," Thomas said.

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