The education summit Gov. Rick Scott has called for today is to focus on a "vision" for the state's school accountability system-- and all of its moving parts.
The summit is to begin at 1 p.m. today in Clearwater, with the goal -- at least according to an early agenda -- of creating an "ideal vision" for state standards, state tests, school grades and teacher evaluations.
Scott is not scheduled to attend today. He pulled the event together, he said Thursday, because Florida's school accountability system is at a "critical point."
In recent months, the state's school grading system, its planned FCAT replacement tests, its new academic standards and its teacher evaluation system (tied to student test scores) have all faced criticism of one sort or another.
The gathering is to run through Wednesday afternoon.
For each of the key (and hot-button issues), the summit attendees are to talk about their ideals and then potential issues or challenges.
The list of invited guests is long and includes plenty with divergent views. Think state teachers union and chamber of commerce types.
Or on Common Core standards -- the academic blueprint Florida is adopting for language arts and math -- think former Gov. Jeb Bush's foundation (strong Common Core proponents) and Florida Parents Against Common Core (position obvious).
Other guests include the chairman of the State Board of Education, state lawmakers, superintendents, teachers, business leaders and parents.
The Florida Department of Educationsaid the meeting will be webcast with a link on its website closer to launch time.