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Press ReleaseFriday, March 9, 2012
DOE Press Office
Florida Commissioner of Education Sets Agenda for Taskforce on Inclusion and AccountabilityTallahassee - The Florida Department of Education today named the members who will participate on the Commissioner's Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability and announced the meeting schedule. The taskforce consists of educators, parents, school and business leaders from across the state.
During the State Board of Education meeting on February 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, the board voted to create a taskforce to develop an implementation plan to include students with disabilities, students who are learning the English language, and students enrolled in exceptional student education centers in Florida's school accountability system and to create recommendations for consideration by the U.S. Department of Education regarding Florida's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver.
"Florida is a state with significant diversity. The economic development of our state depends on the success of all students," said Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. "Working with the members of this taskforce who represent parents, teachers, administrators, and advocates who represent students with disabilities and English language learners will help to shape the process of inclusion and accountability and ensure that everyone counts in Florida's education system."
Commissioner Robinson outlined four goals for the taskforce:
- Identify best practices to ensure Florida leads the nation in fully including students with disabilities, students who are learning the English language, and students enrolled in exceptional student education (ESE) centers.
- Identify strategies to reduce unintended consequences of including students with disabilities, students who are learning the English language, and students enrolled in ESE centers.
- Identify potential enhancements to Florida's school grade rule regarding the inclusion of including students with disabilities, students who are learning the English language, and students enrolled in ESE centers that are consistent with the conditions of the federal ESEA flexibility waiver.
- Identify recommendations and strategies to discuss/negotiate with the U.S. Department of Education to inform future federal policy.
The 18-member taskforce includes the following individuals:
|Alberto Carvalho||District Superintendent||Miami Dade||ELL|
|MaryEllen Elia||District Superintendent||Hillsborough||SWD|
|Alexis Tibbetts||District Superintendent||Okaloosa||ESE|
|Robin Meyers||Principal||Lake County||ESE|
|Maria Cardenas||Teacher||Ft. Myers||ELL|
|Agustin Grana||Teacher||Miami Dade||ESE|
|Allison Tant Richard||Parent||Leon||SWD|
|Ester de Jong||League of United Latin American Citizens||Alachua||ELL|
|Shirley Johnson||National Association for the Advancement of Colored People||Miami Dade||ELL|
|Richard LaBelle||Family Network of Disabilities, Inc.||Palm Beach||SWD|
|Francois Leconte||Minority Development & Empowerment||Broward||ELL|
|Margarita Pinkos||Florida Association of Bilingual/ESOL Supervisors||Palm Beach||ELL|
|Ann Siegal||Disability Rights Florida||Leon||ESE|
|Lynn Stanfield||Apple Inc.||Leon||SWD|