FLORIDA COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION SETS AGENDA FOR TASKFORCE ON INCLUSION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The Florida Department of Education today named the members that will participate on the Commissioner’s Taskforce on Inclusion and Accountability and announced the meeting schedule. The taskforce consists of educators, parents, school and business leaders from across the state.

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.

“Florida is a state with significant diversity.  The economic development of our state depends on the success of all students,” said Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “Working with the members of this taskforce who represent parents, teachers, administrators, and advocates who represent students with disabilities and English language learners will help to shape the process of inclusion and accountability and ensure that everyone counts in Florida’s education system.”

 

Commissioner Robinson outlined four goals for the taskforce:

 

  1. Identify best practices to ensure Florida leads the nation in fully including students with disabilities, students who are learning the English language, and students enrolled in exceptional student education (ESE) centers.

 

  1. Identify strategies to reduce unintended consequences of including students with disabilities, students who are learning the English language, and students enrolled in ESE centers.

 

  1. Identify potential enhancements to Florida’s school grade rule regarding the inclusion of including students with disabilities, students who are learning the English language, and students enrolled in ESE centers that are consistent with the conditions of the federal ESEA flexibility waiver.

 

  1. Identify recommendations and strategies to discuss/negotiate with the U.S. Department of Education to inform future federal policy.

 

The 18-member taskforce includes the following individuals:

                                                   


NAME

TITLE

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 County

ESE

Maria Cardenas

Teacher

Ft. Myers

ELL

Connie Dahn

Teacher

Marion

ESE

Agustin Grana

Teacher

Miami Dade

ESE

Patricia Levesque

Parent

Leon

SWD

Allison Tant Richard

Parent

Leon

SWD

Julie Weinberg

Parent

Orange

SWD

Ester de Jong

League of United Latin American Citizens

Alachua

ELL

Shirley Johnson

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Miami Dade

ELL

Richard LaBelle

Family Network of Disabilities, Inc.

Palm Beach

SWD

Francois Leconte

Minority Development & Empowerment

Broward

ELL

Margarita Pinkos

Florida Association of Bilingual/ESOL Supervisors

Palm Beach

ELL

Ann Siegal

Disability Rights Florida

Leon

ESE

Lynn Stanfield

Apple Inc.

Leon

SWD

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