MCT Gov. Rick Scott will be in Sebring Tuesday to speak on education and economic development.
published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Gov. to make stop in Sebring
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING - He's made a few whistle stops in Highlands County over the years, now Florida Governor Rick Scott is coming here for an actual appearance.
There's just one catch - it won't be open to the public.
Dubbed "A Heartland Discussion on the Symbiotic Relationship Between Economic Development and Education," the event will be held at the new Firemen's Field convention center Thursday evening. The confab will combine a pair of subjects that the governor has been dealing with almost constantly during his first term in office.
Scott will deliver the keynote address then interact with the group during a question-and-answer session.
The speech will be a premier event and is sponsored by Florida's Heartland Rural Economic Development Commission. The group is a six-county conglomerate including Highlands, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, and Okeechobee.
Some 300-400 individuals are expected in for the evening which will include a dinner. Invited to attend are school board members, teachers, administrators and school superintendents from the six-county area as well as the board members from the economic development commissions and elected officials from each of the member counties
There will also be some students from the STEM program that will be attending.
The acronym STEM comes from the program that incorporates studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Scott is expected to address his remarks to the relationship between education and economic development. He then will field questions developed by educators and the business sector. They will be delivered by FHREDI Chief Executive Officer Gina Reynolds and former Highlands County School Board chairman Andy Tuck.
Scott just last week directed the state board of education to pull out of a consortium of states that have been developing the new online tests that will be aligned with the Common Core standards. The governor apparently is reacting to criticism that Common Core will teach math in an untested new way with no evidence that it works or has any hope of working. Math experts are even saying it marks the end of improvement in education.
They also charge that the program de-emphasizes literary works like "Huckleberry Finn" in favor of informational texts including song lyrics and government documents. Additionally, they say, historical documents like the Gettysburg Address would be taught without any kind of context.
Scott is expected to address these topics and more during his Thursday evening appearance.
PINK SLIP RICK (by: Puddin Pop - 10/1/2013)
time to make some picket signs and go protest! i loathe this man, i do NOT want a supervillan as my governor!
Response to Comments (by: Blindman~ - 9/30/2013)
It's not a public event. It's a dinner with hundreds of professionals in different fields discussing Economic Development & Education... hardly what you would call "behind closed doors". What's the beef? Were you hoping to see the Governor or get a free meal?
Gov Scott (by: Ann - 9/30/2013)
Why would a public event be made known to the public but yet the public is not invited. I guess some things you will never understand. WOW!
Ask about pills. (by: Priorities - 9/29/2013)
Ask him why he's going after bongs and not the state's growing pain pill/heroin problem?
Not Open to the Public ?? (by: J. R. Tefft - 9/29/2013)
Just like the way he handles everything, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
Which night? (by: Christine Gregory - 9/29/2013)
The photo caption says he will be here Tuesday but the article says Thursday night. Which is correct?
Teach REAL Science (by: Yoko - 9/29/2013)
I sure hope that the new curriculum will include real science such as environmental protection, evolution, and not dumbed-down corporate- sponsored propaganda. We must NOT allow our watershed to be contaminated by Fracking. They will sell it to the people as "it will bring all these good paying jobs". Look at PA- It will POISON our water!!
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