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Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Florida Standards Coming to a Theatre Near You

~ State Farm contributes $100,000 to promote Florida Standards ~

Tallahassee, Fla., March 27, 2014 - Videos starring the Florida Standards are in the works to spread the word about how best to teach the concepts to students. State Farm is partnering with the Florida Education Foundation and the Florida Department of Education to help bring the project to life. State Farm contributed $100,000 to make the project possible.

"Great teachers make great schools," said State Farm Senior Vice President Jim Thompson. "This commitment will help provide vivid examples of the Florida Standards to teachers across the state, allowing them to push students to achieve more."

The video series is titled, "We Can Do This, Florida!" and will focus on kindergarten through fifth grade mathematics standards. They are being created as a resource for teachers, parents and postsecondary students in teacher education programs. The short videos will feature top teachers across the state in a classroom setting giving tips on teaching the Florida Standards.

"These more rigorous Florida Standards are already pushing our students to reach their full potentials today by helping prepare them for the colleges and workplaces of tomorrow," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "I want to thank State Farm for this contribution that I know will be a great asset to Florida teachers and students.

The series is expected to be released and distributed in the fall of 2014.