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Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability to Hold First Face-to-Face Meeting

Tallahassee, Fla. - The first face-to-face meeting of the Commissioner's Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability will be held today and tomorrow at the University of Central Florida's College of Education Teaching Academy. The meeting will be available for viewing via webcast at

During the State Board of Education meeting on February 28, 2012, 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.

Since then, the three subcommittees met via conference call to discuss the taskforce goals and objectives in preparation for the meeting. To listen to the audio of the subcommittee conference calls, visit The members of the taskforce are listed below.

What: Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability Meeting

When: Thursday, March 22
1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 23
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: UCF Teaching Academy
College of Education
University of Central Florida

Commissioner's Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability

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