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MEDIA ADVISORY

February 2, 2004

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jim Horne and Other Education Leaders to Speak at African-American Education Alliance

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne and other Department of Education officials will join Governor Jeb Bush and speak at the African-American Education Alliance on Monday in Tallahassee. Topics will focus on education reform in Florida. Governor Bush is scheduled to close out the meeting with his vision of education reform.

The Alliance is an outreach organization responsible for publicizing accurate information regarding Florida's education reforms and encouraging the active involvement of African-Americans in the continued improvement of education in Florida.

The meeting will take place at:

12:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 2, 2004
Radisson Hotel
415 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida

Speakers and topics will be as follows:

12:45 p.m.
Jim Horne, Commissioner of Education
The State of Education in 2004

1:25 p.m.
John Winn, Chief of Staff, Department of Education
Florida's on the Cutting Edge of Education Reform: How Did We Get There?

1:50 p.m.
Jim Warford, K-12 Public Schools Chancellor
Challenges and Changes at High Priority Schools

2:15 p.m.
Mary Laura Openshaw, Director, Just Read, Florida!
Just Read, Florida!: A Roadmap to Success

2:40
Monica Hayes, Director, Office of Equity and Access
New Partners: Community and Faith-Based Outreach Efforts