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Bringing Voices Together: An Education Summit For Florida’s Public Schools

On Saturday, May 18 public education allies will convene in Orlando for an open conversation about the future of public education.

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Bringing Voices Together: An Education Summit For Florida’s Public Schools” will bring together parents, teachers, school employees, and civic and community leaders in powerful conversation about the growing attacks on Florida’s public schools — and what we can do collectively to reclaim our schools and future.

Summit registration is now open.. The event is free and open to the public.

The summit will be held at the Hilton Orlando (6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819) and run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Coalition For Florida’s Public Schools is organizing the event.

Most Americans still believe public education is the path through which their children can gain access to decent jobs and a good life.

But too few Floridians are aware of the growing attacks on our public schools — even though nine out of ten K-12 students attend them.

For the past decade, special interest groups backed by wealthy donors and well-connected lobbyists have been systematically dismantling our public schools. For financial and political gain, they have pushed policies that created an unsustainable and educationally unsound system of testing, ranking and degrading our schools, our educators and our students.

The Bringing Voices Together summit partners believe it is time to come together and call for a public awakening. These partners are:

  • Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools
  • Black Women’s Roundtable
  • Equality Florida
  • Florida Education Association
  • Fund Education Now
  • League of Women Voters Florida
  • NAACP | Florida State Conference
  • Pastors for Florida Children

Florida’s education summit will be facilitated by The World Café Community Foundation. World Café’s process will harness collaborative dialogue, knowledge sharing and creative thinking to address one of the most critical issues of our time: the preservation of our public schools. Their simple, effective and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue has been used around the world to bring groups of all sizes — from 10 to 10,000 — together to quickly turn small group conversations into action.

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