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                                          Council for Education Policy, Research and Improvement


                                            Tuition is not the Major Cost
                                                 Welcome College
                                            of Attendingto CEPRI Insight
                                            When the Legislature in-                                          attending college will in-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                tion of the cost of a univer-
              About CEPRI             2
                                            creases tuition at state uni-                                     crease by seven, ten, or                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sity education by looking at
              Council to Develop      3     versities, everyone as-                                           some other large percent-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the annual student budget
              State Contract
                                            sumes that the cost of                                            age.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suggested by the state’s larg-
I N S I D E




              It’s not the School -   4     higher education goes up                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    est university, the University
              It’s the Principals
                                            dramatically. Newspaper                                           At its June, 2003 meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of Florida. Council discus-
              Perspective on          5     headlines across the state                                        in Ft. Lauderdale, the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sion focused on the fact that
              School Districts              declare that the cost of                                          council began an examina-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Continued on page 3)
              Recent CEPRI            6
              Studies

              Meet CEPRI              7

              CEPRI Policy            8     Our Students are a State Treasure
              Roundtables
                                            Our students are a state treasure – in order to                                                                                                                                                                    The key areas identified by the council as re-
                                            fully develop and protect the value of that as-                                                                                                                                                                    quiring major new initiatives are:
                                            set, by no later than 2010 Florida students
                                            will graduate from high school with the level of                                                                                                                                                                   ●                                           Funding
                                            knowledge, skills, and personal development                                                                                                                                                                        ●                                           Leadership
                                            which makes them fully capable of choosing,                                                                                                                                                                        ●                                           The Teaching
                                            entering, and being successful in either the                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Profession
                                            workforce, career education, or postsecondary                                                                                                                                                                      ●                                           Early Learning
                                            degree programs.                                                                                                                                                                                                   ●                                           Career Educa-
    University representatives dis-                     Vision statement created by CEPRI                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tion
    cuss state contracts, see page 3
                                            The council is committed to develop-                                                                                                                                                                               In addition to these five major initiatives, the
                                            ing a comprehensive approach for                                                                                                                                                                                   council recognizes the need for a strong alli-
                                            achieving this vision. This vision em-                                                                                                                                                                             ance among statewide public and private
                                            braces a coordinated pre-K through 20                                                                                                                                                                              stakeholders to ensure that this vision is
                Visit CEPRI at:             education system by ensuring high                                                                                                                                                                                  achieved and sustained over time. Such a
      www.CEPRI.state.fl.us                 quality education experiences up to and                                                                                                                                                                            coalition must have the political power to
                                            through high school and career and                                                                                                                                                                                 represent the interests of students, taxpayers,
                                            postsecondary programs that are chal-                                                                                                                                                                              and the business community. The council
                                            lenging and relevant.                                                                                                                                                                                              plans to make recommendations for such a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               coalition for Florida once it has concluded its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               research on such efforts in other states.

                                            The Council extends its appreciation to Bank of America for
                                            underwriting the full cost of printing this issue of INSIGHT.
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Council Elects New Leaders                                      CEPRI’s Mission
                                                                by William B. Proctor,
 At its May 14, 2003 meeting the CEPRI elected Akshay           Executive Director
Desai chair and Bob Taylor vice chair. Dr. Desai previ-
ously served as vice chair of CEPRI. He is president of
                                                                CEPRI was established by the 2001 Legislature as part of
American Family and Geriatric Care, member of the
                                                                the Education Reorganization Act. It serves as an inde-
Pinellas County Medical Society, the Florida Medical
                                                                pendent citizen board for education policy, research and
Association and the American Medical Association, and
                                                                improvement. The council is composed of nine members
former member of the Postsecondary Education Plan-
                                                                of the general public, five members are appointed by the
ning Commission. He was appointed to CEPRI in 2001
                                                                Governor, two members are appointed by the President of
by Governor Bush.
                                                                the Senate, and two members are appointed by the Speaker
                                                                of the House.
Mr. Bob Taylor is also a founding member of CEPRI.
He is chairman of Mariner Advisory Group and of
                                                                Over the last two years, the council has listened and learned
Robb & Stucky Ltd., a member of the Florida Council
                                                                from a variety of education stakeholders as it addressed a
of 100, founder of the Golden Apple Teacher Recogni-
                                                                number of the critical educational issues that continue to
                 tion Program, a former director of
                                                                confront our state. Among its activities last year, CEPRI
                 Federal Reserve Bank of Miami, and
                                                                completed two comprehensive studies, Teachers and the
                 former chairman of the Postsecondary
                                                                Teaching Profession, and The Equity of University Funding. Both
                 Education Planning Commission.
                                                                of those subjects will continue to be areas of council focus
                                                                and analysis. For example, the 2003 Legislature requested
                                                                that CEPRI study the feasibility of five-year contracts be-
                  Akshay Desai, Chair
                                                                tween the state and various public universities.
                  St. Petersburg
                                                                The council will also begin an initiative on educational lead-
                         Bob Taylor, Vice Chair                 ership this year. The focus of this effort will be determining
                         Ft. Myers                              the best practices of leadership at all levels of public school
                                                                education. A wealth of research clearly demonstrates that a
                                                                key component of improving student achievement is exem-
                                                                plary leadership.

                                                                In addition to those items, the council will consider the fea-
                                                                sibility of creating an alliance composed of significant stake-
                                                                holders (business leaders, parents, taxpayers, etc.) that will
                                                                have the political strength and prestige to implement and
                                                                sustain educational transformation in our state.
  Diane Leone             Bob McIntyre            Pat Telson
  St. Augustine              Largo                Winter Park
                                                                The challenges to CEPRI for the coming year are great.
                                                                On behalf of our members and staff, I encourage and wel-
                                                                come all interested parties to be active participants in the
                                                                work of the council. Please attend our meetings, submit
                                                                suggestions and reactions to the work of the council, and
                                                                invite our members and/or staff to be participants or pre-
                                                                senters at your education-oriented functions. We look for-
                                                                ward to working with you as partners in improving educa-
                                                                tion in Florida.
 Elaine Vasquez         Harold Wishna
 Ft. Lauderdale           Tamarac
Volume 1, Issue 1 July 2003                                                                                                                     Page 3




  Tuition is not the Major Cost of Attending College
  (Continued from page 1)
  tuition constitutes only a small portion of the cost of attending a university.

  The graph below compares the current annual cost of attending the University of Florida to the cost of attendance
  with a ten percent increase. If the 2002-03 fees of $2,630 were increased by ten percent, the fee increase would be
  $263. This amount represents a 2.3 percent increase in the total suggested annual student budget of $11,595. If tuition
  were to be increased by ten percent for three years, the annual cost would rise by a total of $789 per year. This sce-
  nario represents a 3.4 percent increase in the total cost of attending college for four years.

  These data reveal that the majority of the cost of attending college is not dependant on the number of courses taken,
  but on the cost of living while attending college. Therefore, the current trend of students taking more than four years
  to graduate constitutes a more significant increase in cost than even large increases in tuition. Furthermore, if universi-
  ties were to use revenues from tuition increases to ensure that students were able to take the courses needed to gradu-
  ate in a timely manner, and if incentives and assistance were provided to students to encourage graduation in a shorter
  time period, tuition increases could result in many full-time students saving money.

     Tuition Increases                   $70,000
     Impact Total Cost of
     Achieving a Degree                  $60,000

     Much Less Than the
     Time Taken to                       $50,000                                                                    Personal/Health Insurance

     Graduate                                                                                                       Clothing
                                         $40,000                                                                    Transportation
                                                                                                                    Computer
                                                                                                                    Meals
                                         $30,000                                                                    Housing
                                                                                                                    Books/Supplies
                                         $20,000                                                                    Tuition


                                         $10,000


                                             $0
                                                   4 Year Cost with 1 20 4 Year Cost with 1 20 5 & 1 /2 year Cost
                                                    SCH & No A nnual SCH & 1 0% Annual with 1 32 SCH & No
                                                       Fee Increases         Fee Increases       Fee Increases



  Council to Develop a “State Contract” with Selected
  Universities
  The Florida Legislature has directed        tional University). The study will                    each contract; penalties, if any, for
  the Council for Education Policy,           identify the services and programs                    failure to comply with the terms
  Research and Improvement to con-            to be provided by each institution;                   and conditions of each contract;
  duct a study of the feasibility of          the desired outcomes of each con-                     any anticipated obstacles to suc-
  five-year contracts between the             tract, including performance meas-                    cessful implementation of such
  State of Florida and five universi-         ures and standards for evaluating                     contracts, and the cost of each con-
  ties (University of Florida, Florida        the achievement of such outcomes;                     tract to the State. A key issue in
  State University, the University of         the procedures to be used to collect                  the study will be the feasibility of
  Central Florida, the University of          data to demonstrate compliance                        allowing the universities increased
  South Florida, and Florida Interna-         with the terms and conditions of                      flexibility in setting tuition.
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It’s not the School - It’s the Principals
School principals have one of the                                                  cate of high, consistent academic
toughest jobs in the country. With                                                 and social standards, Mr. Gala-
their interest in school leadership,                                               towitsch’s commitment to ending
CEPRI members heard from two                                                       social promotion has set his school
well-regarded Orange County Pub-                                                   apart from the many that struggle
lic Schools principals at their May                                                daily to sustain a level of instruc-
14, 2003 meeting in Orlando.                                                       tional effectiveness in serving an at-
                                                                                   risk population.
Patrick Galatowitsch, principal of
Rolling Hills Elementary                                                           Polly Roper, principal of Blankner
School, and Polly Roper, principal                                                 Elementary School, outlined to the
of Blankner Elementary School,                                                     council the benefits of a K-8 organ-
addressed the council on what they                                                 izational structure. Blankner Ele-
have discovered works best in pre-                                                 mentary is the only school in Or-
K through Grade 8 education. In                                                    ange County that was built specifi-
addition, the principals shared with             Patrick Galatowitsch              cally to serve the K-8 population.
members the most effective way a                                                   Blankner combines, under a single
K-8 school can be structured to         hard work, persistence, and focus to       administration, the best of an ele-
better meet student needs.              construct a strong culture of account-     mentary and middle grades educa-
                                        ability and responsibility at Rolling      tion. The K-8 model smoothes
Rolling Hills Elementary School                                                    transition from grade-to-grade and
                                        Hills Elementary.
serves a diverse low socio-                                                        offers unique support for the aca-
economic student population.            Galatowitsch’s exemplary leadership        demic, social, and emotional chal-
Three years ago, under the A+           recently earned him an invitation to       lenges of the middle grades years.
Plan, the school received a grade of    the White House where Rolling Hills        Blankner Elementary enjoys strong
D. It has since established a steady    Elementary was recognized as one of        parent and community support.
trend of rising student achievement     eight schools in the nation that had
to its current grade of A. There are    made significant gains in student aca-
no silver bullets; no quick fixes for   demic achievement. As a strong advo-
Patrick Galatowitsch. He relies on


CEPRI “Changing Direction” Grant
In June 2002, Florida, along with         ple levels (campus, system, state,       made by various parties that share
Arizona, Connecticut, Missouri,           and national) and to initiate and        responsibility for providing afford-
and Oregon, was selected to partici-      promote those changes through            able and accessible postsecondary
pate in the Changing Direction            public policy.                           education.
Project initiated by the Western
Interstate Commission for Higher          This private funding allowed the         Project funding allowed the council
Education with funding from the           council to complete Florida Trends in    to participate in the data audit and
Lumina Foundation for Education.          Student Aid and College Pricing, 1997-   case study development activities
The project is designed around an         98 to 2001-02, the most complete         conducted by the State Higher
integrated approach to restructur-        accounting to date in Florida of the     Education Executive Officers
ing appropriations, tuition, and fi-      amounts and types of financial aid       (SHEEO). The results of this col-
nancial aid polices and practices.        that were made available to stu-         laboration have assisted council
Over a four-year period, the project      dents from 1997-98 to 2001-02,           staff in identifying the policy and
will examine the socio-economic-          from all funding sources and at all      operational resources available to
political environment in order to         levels and sectors of postsecondary      bring about more effective finance,
foster the kinds of major changes         education. In that report, the coun-     financial aid, and pricing decisions.
needed in the near future at multi-       cil determined the contributions
Volume 1, Issue 1 July 2003                                                                                                                                        Page 5




 Perspective on School Districts
 School District Size                                                                               •    Two-thirds of Florida’s (44 out of 67) school su-
                                                                                                         perintendents are elected.
 Six of the 20 largest school districts in the U.S. are in
 Florida.                                                                                           •    Twenty-five of Florida’s 44 elected superintendents
                                                                                                         are experiencing that position for the first time.
      1.            New York City
      2.            Los Angeles                                                                     •    One of Florida’s 44 elected superintendents has
      3.            Chicago                                                                              prior experience as a superintendent in a different
      4.            Miami-Dade County                                                                    school district.
      5.            Broward County
      6.            Las Vegas                                                                 Source: Florida District School Superintendents Directory
      7.            Houston                                                                   (2003).
      8.            Philadelphia
      9.            Honolulu                                                                  School Board Pay
      10.           Hillsborough County
      14.           Palm Beach County                                                               •    The smallest school district in Florida (Lafayette
      15.           Orange County                                                                        County, 1,085 students in 2000), pays each of its
      19.           Duval County                                                                         school board members more ($19,864 per year)
                                                                                                         than four of the five largest school districts in the
 Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Characteris-                                          nation, each with enrollments greater than 200,000
 tics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Dis-                                     students.
 tricts in the United States: 2000-01.
                                                                                                    •    All school districts in Florida, with the exception
 School Size                                                                                             of the smallest (Lafayette), pay each of their school
                                                                                                         board members more than $20,000 per year.
 Florida’s elementary, middle, and high schools are the
 largest in the U.S.                                                                                •    Nationwide, three-fourths of school board mem-
                                                                                                         bers earn little or nothing for their service.

                                                                                                    •    Less than two percent of all U. S. school districts
                    HIGH                                                             1,565               pay school board members more than $20,000.
                    MIDDLE                                     1,069                          Source: National School Boards Association.
      Florida




                    ELEMENTARY              674
                                                                                              The Top 5 Paid School Boards in Florida.

                    HIGH                        753                                           1.   Hillsborough                        $36,695
                    MIDDLE
                                                                                              2.   Miami-Dade                          $36,694
                                          612
                                                                                              2.   Broward                             $36,694
      U.S.




                    ELEMENTARY 441                                                            2.   Palm Beach                          $36,694
                                                                                              5.   Pinellas                            $36,333
                0     200   400   600     800      1,000     1,200   1,400   1,600    1,800
                                        Number of Students                                    School Board Pay from the 5 Largest School Districts in the
                                                                                              Nation
 Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Overview of
 Public Elementary and Secondary Schools and Districts: School Year                                 1.   New York City       N/A*
 2001-02.                                                                                           2.   Los Angeles         $24,000
                                                                                                    3.   Chicago             $0
 Selection of School Superintendents                                                                4.   Las Vegas           $480-$510
                                                                                                    5.   Houston             $0
      •             Florida is one of only three states (together with
                    Alabama and Mississippi) where school superinten-                         *Under school district reorganization, community school boards
                    dents can be elected.                                                     were eliminated on June 30, 2003.

 Source: Education Commission of the States.
                                                                                                For information concerning the federal No Child Left Behind
                                                                                              assessment of student progress go to http://www.cepri.state.fl.us.
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Recent CEPRI Studies
Status of the Teaching Profes-           Public Postsecondary Centers              Equity of Funding the Florida
sion                                     and Institutes                            University System
The report addresses major issues in     In January 2003, CEPRI concluded          In response to legislative con-
the preparation, recruitment and         its two year review of the activities     cerns over the equity of student
retention of high quality teachers       of public postsecondary centers and       funding between universities
and was developed with the active        institutes supported with state           within the university system, CE-
involvement of teachers, principals,     funds. The council’s analysis re-         PRI compared funding per FTE
superintendents, college deans and       vealed that the state’s 512 Centers       for each institution to its univer-
other state and local practitioners.     and Institutes (C&Is) are cost-           sity peers nationwide. In general,
                                         effective and productive settings for     Florida funds universities that
The council believes that a critical     scientific discovery, technological       emphasize doctoral instruction at
challenge for Florida public schools     innovation, policy development,           a lower rate than universities that
is to attain and maintain high quality   teaching and instruction, and public      offer only undergraduate and
instruction for all students as there    outreach activities. The economic         master’s degrees, when compared
is clear evidence that a teacher’s       benefits of C&Is extend broadly           to peers. This appears to be the
ability and effectiveness are the        throughout the state to job creation      result of a historical reduction in
most influential determinants of         and the generation of substantial         funding for enrollment growth in
student achievement. The council’s       amounts of GRP, personal income,          doctoral instruction and the lack
report identifies the following pri-     state taxes, and other direct financial   of a differentiated fee policy.
orities:                                 benefits. Specifically, the council       Major study recommendations
● Teaching in Florida must be            determined that:                          include:
   viewed and promoted as a true         ● Given the State’s FY 2000-01 in-        ● The formula for enrollment
   profession.                              vestment, C&I expenditures re-            growth should be adjusted to
● The environment in Florida class-         sulted in an additional $18 million       recognize the instructional mis-
   rooms and schools must support           in tax revenues.                          sion of research in doctoral
   professional growth for teachers      ● For every dollar of state support          programs.
   and a high level of achievement          spent on C&Is, personal income         ● Student fees should be differ-
   for students.                            will increase by $1.96.                   entiated by university classifica-
● Greater numbers of high quality        ● C&I faculty taught over 3,000 un-          tion.
   teachers must be trained, certified      dergraduate and graduate courses       ● The Department of Education
   and employed.                            during FY 2000-01.                        (DOE) should develop and
                                         ● A relatively large number of stu-          adopt a standard methodology
Legislation passed in 2003 relating
                                            dents (4,725) work or volunteer           for determining the equity of
to teacher education and teaching
                                            with Florida’s public C&Is. Al-           funding.
include initiatives that were recom-
                                            most two-thirds of their time is       ● DOE should use its adopted
mended in the CEPRI report, such
                                            spent conducting research with            methodology to periodically
as:
                                            C&I faculty, teaching, or in public       review per-FTE funding for
● Promotion of teacher recruitment
                                            service activities.                       enrollment growth and include
  incentives and activities;
                                         ● For every $17,829 spent by the             any needed funding adjust-
● Teacher education pilot programs
                                            State of Florida on C&Is, one job         ments in its Legislative Budget
  that focus on low performing
                                            is created. The external funds            Request.
  schools;
                                            generated by these C&Is lever-         ● The council determined that a
● Salary Career Ladder Program
                                            aged an additional 6,955 jobs             new funding approach be de-
  based on teacher competencies
                                            statewide in 17 diverse occupa-           veloped based on the achieve-
  and experience;
                                            tional areas.                             ment of specific state goals.
● Planning for a differentiated pay
  model for teachers.
Volume 1, Issue 1 July 2003                                                                                                         Page 7



 What Matters in Degree Completion? Ask Our Web Tool
 CEPRI developed a web-based sta-                onstrates the following conclusions         With over 5,100 hits in nine
 tistical tool that predicts the likeli-         about student success:                      months, the web tool has been a
 hood that a student will earn a                                                             great success in helping students,
 bachelor’s degree based on student               ● Students improve their chances           parents, and guidance counselors
 characteristics such as academic                   of graduating by starting at a           gain a better understanding of the
 preparation and enrollment pat-                    state university, enrolling full-        types of student behaviors and
 terns. Results are based on the per-               time, and performing well in             choices that have the greatest influ-
 formance of 1993-94 Florida public                 the first semester of college            ence on degree completion. Policy-
 high school graduates in Florida                   enrollment.                              makers can use the tool to target
 public community colleges and uni-               ● For community college stu-               policy modifications to improve
 versities over a seven-year period.                dents, earning an associate’s            degree production in the state. The
 Different chances for degree com-                  degree greatly increases the             web tool may be accessed through
 pletion are generated depending on                 likelihood of earning a bache-           the council’s website: http://www.
 the scenarios selected by the user.                lor’s degree within seven years.         cepri.state.fl.us.
 The interactive model actively dem-

 Meet CEPRI
              Member Profile - Bob McIntyre                           1994 Patron of Public Education Award. In 2001, Bob was
                                                                      honored as Citizen of the Year by the City of Largo.
                  Fostering education has always been a focus
                  for CEPRI member, Bob McIntyre. During                                Staff Profile - Nancy McKee
                  his six-year service as a board member and
                  now as the vice chairman of the Pinellas                              Her extensive experience with education
                  County Education Foundation, Bob has                                  funding makes Dr. McKee uniquely qualified
                  helped provide improved educational oppor-                            to serve as lead staff for CEPRI’s Funding
                  tunities for students. He is the corporate                            Committee. She has been a chief analyst for
                  sponsor to the Foundation’s “Yes I Can”                               the Appropriations Committee in both the
 and PRIDE Award Programs. In addition, Bob is a mem-                                   Florida House of Representatives and the
 ber of the Gold Shield Foundation which raises funds in                                Florida Senate, as well as for the Senate Fis-
 order to guarantee education for the children and spouses of                           cal Policy Committee. She is a former head
 police and fire fighters killed in the line of duty. Bob is the                        of the Education Policy Unit within the Gov-
 founder of The McIntyre Family Foundation, which helps                ernor’s Office of Planning and Budgeting. In the early days
 young people stay in school, stay on track, and reach their           of her career, she was a budgeting coordinator with the for-
 goals.                                                                mer Board of Regents.

 In 1988 with $5,000 and borrowed office space, Bob started            After obtaining her bachelor's degree in three years from
 DITEK, a manufacturer of surge protectors. Bob and his                Mississippi University for Women, Nancy worked for four
 staff have grown DITEK into a $10 million dollar com-                 years in an elementary school while pursuing her Master's
 pany. DITEK has been recognized as one of Florida Trend               degree from the University of Mississippi. She moved to
 magazine’s Suncoast Fast 50 Technology Compa-                         Tallahassee in 1980 to obtain her Ph.D. from Florida State
 nies. DITEK received the Governor’s Business Leadership               University and fell in love with her adopted state.
 Award, recognizing the company for its strong record of
 capital investment, employment growth, community in-                  Nancy is one of eight children born to a tenant farmer in
 volvement, and civic contributions.                                   Mississippi. While neither of her parents finished high
                                                                       school, they knew the value of an education and expected
 In addition to his interests and activities related to educa-         their children to do well in school. Although her father died
 tion, Bob is extremely active in community affairs, serving           when she was very young, Nancy well remembers her
 on numerous community councils and boards, and is the                 mother's mantra in the McKee household: "Study hard.
 recipient of many awards including the 1998 Sertoma                   Make good grades. Get a scholarship and go to college." As
 “Service to Mankind” Award, the 1996 Olympic                          a result, she and her family have a deep and abiding passion
 Torchbearer/ Community Hero Selection, the 1996 PHI                   for education.
 DELTA KAPPA “Layman of the Year” Award, and the
CEPRI Policy Roundtables
The council began a series of policy                                                               reform in North Carolina, No Child
roundtables with notable experts from                                                              Left Behind legislation, sustaining re-
around the country in March. Dr.                                                                   form for the long haul, and educational
John R. Porter was the featured                                                                    leadership.
speaker in March. Dr. Porter currently
serves as superintendent for Ridge-                                                                In June, two Florida superintendents,
wood, New Jersey schools and is for-                                                               Dr. Frank Till of Broward County
merly from the America’s Choice                                                                    and John Fryer of Duval County
School Design of the National Center                                                               shared their perspectives on the major
on Education and the Economy. The                                                                  issues faced by the K-20 education sys-
topics discussed included career acad-                                                             tem. Dr. Till has made extensive use
emies, K–12 governance, and school                                                                 of community task forces in addressing
improvement.                                                                                       overcrowding, meeting the needs of a
                                                                                                   highly diverse population, and funding
In April, Dr. William (Bill) Proctor,                            Dr. William L. Proctor            limitations. Mr. Fryer is guided by five
member of the State Board of Educa-                                                                priorities for action: improving aca-
tion and Chancellor of Flagler College,                  community college baccalaureate de-       demic performance, improving safety
spoke at the roundtable and focused                      grees.                                    and discipline, developing learning
on the increasing need for quality                                                                 communities, building high perform-
teachers, developing a career path for                   The May forum featured Dr. John           ance management, and meaningful ac-
teachers, funding of charter schools,                    Dornan, president of the North Caro-      countability.
the value of standards and assessing                     lina School Forum. Topics discussed
attainment of those standards, and                       included: coalition building to support



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Tallahassee, FL 32399-1400
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