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PRESS RELEASE

December 4, 2003

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jim Horne Elected Chairman of the Board of Education Leaders Council
New role will enhance Florida's position as a national leader in education reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Florida Education Commissioner Jim Horne today was elected Chairman of the Board of the Education Leaders Council (ELC), an education reform advocacy group that is committed to leading educational change focused on improved academic achievement for all students.

"ELC consists of a committed group of national leaders that has been fighting for education reform for nearly a decade," said Horne. "I am proud to lead this group and grateful for the opportunity to share Florida's experience under Governor Bush's A+ Plan, which has catapulted us to the forefront of the push for student achievement across socioeconomic lines."

ELC promotes educational reforms to implement five basic principles:

  • Public education means the delivery of the highest quality academic and social achievement possible for all students.

  • The promise of public education is a keenly trained intellect and the ability to make choices after high school.

  • Poverty and race do not predetermine student ability or student success; rather, proper instruction by a great teacher produces the achievement necessary for life choices.

  • Parents have the fundamental right to choose their child's school, and choice — in all of its various incarnations — can have a beneficial effect on the education marketplace.

  • The success of public education depends on unleashing the limitless potential of teachers, which means creating a professional atmosphere that complements excellence and encourages individual innovation.

"Florida has implemented the principles ELC espouses and the improvement among its students over the last five years is proof positive that reform works," said ELC CEO Lisa Graham Keegan. "We are pleased to have Commissioner Horne working with us to promote education reform on the national level."

For more information about ELC, please visit www.educationleaders.org.