Parents for Choice in Education (PCE), in partnership with the Foundation for Excellence in Education, PCE has invited Governor Jeb Bush to Utah to share successes and lessons from the Florida Formula of Student Achievement on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.  Bush, former Governor of Florida (1999-2007), and respected for a series of education reforms and innovations implemented under his leadership, will be the keynote speaker and presenter at two events.

More than a decade ago, Florida embraced the core belief that all children can learn when schools are organized around the singular goal of learning.  They stopped accepting excuses for poor performance and started challenging the status quo.  During the decade that followed, they ushered in reforms that fundamentally changed the quality of education in the Sunshine State and shattered long-held myths that are now a lesson for our nation.  Florida has demonstrated that when an education system combines high expectations, clear accountability, incentives for success, and choices, students of every background, faced with every imaginable challenge, will succeed.

“We cannot shy away from a healthy and honest dialogue about the quality of public education. When it comes to the quality of our schools we can and should do better. Accountability is paramount,” says Robyn Bagley, Chairwoman for Parents for Choice in Education. “Simply put we are all stakeholders and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that every child receives the education they need to succeed in a 21st century global economy. If we fail them, we also fail ourselves our state and our nation.”

This dialogue is critical to improve the quality of education in Utah.  Governor Bush summarizes it best when stating, “The great social, moral and economic challenge of our time is providing a high quality education to every child in our nation.  The quality of education in classrooms across America will define our nation’s destiny.”

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