Gov. Scott to hold Teacher of the Year summit with top instructors today

Gov. Rick Scott, continuing efforts to be seen as a friend of public education, will be hosting a Teacher of the Year summit in Tallahassee this morning.

More than 40 of Florida's top teachers -- each selected by their school district -- will attend the first-ever event, according to the Florida Department of Education.

The two-day summit is slated to start at 10 a.m. and aims to "provide a forum for Florida’s great teachers to share best practices, ideas and suggestions that could help improve Florida’s public school system," the department said.

"We have worked hard this year to ensure our education system will prepare our students for college or a career, and offer teachers a well deserved pay raise," Scott said in a statement. "I am honored to be the first Florida Governor to host Florida’s Teachers of the Year in Tallahassee and I look forward to working with them as we continue to strengthen our education system."

Scott angered many Florida teachers early in his administration when he supported a new teacher merit-pay plan that relies in part on student test scores to judge teacher quality, touted charter schools — public schools run by private groups — and slashed spending for schools.


But in the last year he has made a series of moves to reach out to the public education community. He has pushed for the restoration of some school funding, signaled his concern about some high-stakes testing, launched an education "listening tour" to hear from teachers and parents and successfully prodded lawmakers to earmark money in this year's budget for teacher raises.


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