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April 15, 2002

Contact: Bill Edmonds
Florida Board of Education
(850) 201-7130

Florida Board of Education discusses objectives in Strategic Plan to guide the future of Florida's K-20 education system

PORT ORANGE, Fla. — The Florida Board of Education today discussed a collection of objectives for a Strategic Plan that will guide the future of Florida's education system.

The objectives discussed by the board ranged from eliminating K-12 social promotion and keeping good teachers in the profession to promoting a world-class research, workforce and economic development agenda for Florida universities. Work on the objectives will continue Tuesday at the Florida Board of Education's meeting at Atlantic High School in Volusia County.

"Establishing these objectives is a turning point for the Florida Board of Education's agenda," said Education Secretary Jim Horne. "Through these objectives we will articulate where we want to be, push and support our institutions to get there, and hold everyone accountable for making significant progress."

"By setting these objectives," said Chairman Phil Handy, "we are taking steps toward our ultimate goal — to make Florida's education system the best in the world."

Establishing the objectives is a critical step in drafting the Strategic Plan, Horne said, as each furthers the intent of the seven Strategic Imperatives adopted by the board.

The Strategic Imperatives, which Chairman Handy has said are critical to achieving the statutory goals of Florida's K-20 system, call for:

  • Increasing the supply of highly qualified K-12 instructors.
  • Applying existing academic standards at all levels consistently.
  • Increasing rates of learning and completion at all levels, especially in high school, and raising the proportion of K-12 graduates, particularly low-income and minority students, who enter post-secondary education without remediation.
  • Improving the quality of school leadership at all levels.
  • Setting and aligning academic standards for every level of the K-20 education system.
  • Appropriately aligning the workforce's education with the skill requirements of the new economy.
  • Aligning financial resources with performance expectations at each level of the K-20 education system.

"Through these objectives, we will begin expanding our outreach to education institutions and groups around Florida," Horne said. "We hope to build momentum and capture creative ideas on how we can achieve the board's ambitious goals."

Developing a Strategic Plan was among the top priorities set by the Florida Board of Education at its first meeting. The board intends to complete the Strategic Plan by June.