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Monday, March 19, 2012

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(850) 245-0413

Commissioner's Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability Prepares to Meet in Orlando

Tallahassee - The Florida Department of Education Commissioner's Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability held several preliminary subcommittee meetings in preparation for the face-to-face taskforce roundtable on March 22 and 23, at the University of Central Florida Teaching Academy in Orlando.

The subcommittees met via phone last week to discuss the goals and objectives of the Commissioner's Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability. To listen to the audio of the subcommittee meetings, visit http://www.fldoe.org/esea/default.asp#ctia.

The 21-member taskforce includes the following individuals (*denotes new member):

Name Affiliation Location Focus
Alberto Carvalho District Superintendent Miami Dade ELL
MaryEllen Elia District Superintendent Hillsborough SWD
Alexis Tibbetts District Superintendent Okaloosa ESE
Vickie Marble Principal Sarasota SWD
Robin Meyers Principal Lake ESE
*Arlene Costello District ESOL Training & Licensure Coordinator Escambia ELL
*Celeste Bowker Teacher St. Johns ESE
Maria Cardenas Teacher Lee ELL
Conney Dahn Teacher Martin ESE
Agustin Grana Teacher Miami Dade ESE
Patricia Levesque Parent Leon SWD
Allison Tant Richard Parent Leon SWD
*Charlotte Temple Parent Duval ESE
Julie Weinberg Parent Orange SWD
Ester de Jong League of United Latin American Citizens Alachua ELL
Shirley Johnson NAACP Miami Dade ELL
Richard LaBelle Family Network on Disabilities, Inc. Palm Beach SWD
Francois Leconte Minority Development & Empowerment Broward ELL
Margarita Pinkos Florida Association of Bilingual/ESOL Supervisors Palm Beach ELL
Ann Siegel Disability Rights Florida Leon ESE
Lyn Stanfield Apple, Inc. Leon SWD

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.

For more information about upcoming meetings of the taskforce, visit the Department of Education's Calendar.