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MEDIA ADVISORY

January 23, 2006

Jennifer Fennell or
Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner to Participate in Florida Education Summit

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn will speak tomorrow during the Florida Education Summit hosted by the James Madison Institute. The all day summit will look at the progress that has been made in education in Florida as well as explore the best practices for continued improvement. Experts from across the country will be analyzing Florida's K-12 education initiatives and how it plays a role in the future of policy-making. Topics include expanding school choice options, the Florida A+ Plan, fiscal accountability, meaningful measures of progress and preparing Florida's children for the global marketplace.

Commissioner Winn and Florida’s K-12 Public School Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke will participate in panel discussions:

Grading the A+ Plan
Panelists include: Commissioner Winn; Dr. Jay P. Greene, Chair, University of Arkansas, Department of Education Reform; and Dr. Paul Peterson, Director of the Program on Education, Harvard University
10 - 10:45 a.m.

Meaningful Measures: Making Progress Make Sense
Panelists include: Chancellor Yecke; Dr. Frederick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute; and Robert F. Sanchez, Director of Public Policy, The James Madison Institute
2:05 - 2:55 p.m.

For more information about the Florida Education Summit visit www.jamesmadison.org.

The Summit will take place:

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
University Center Club
Doak Campbell Stadium
Florida State University
Building B, 3rd Floor