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Pinellas Education Foundation Hosts Follow-up to "Waiting for Superman"

Posted on: April 13, 2011

Six months after the Pinellas Education Foundation in partnership with Helios Education Foundation and Tucker Hall hosted a community viewing of the nationally-acclaimed education documentary Waiting for Superman, community leaders in Pinellas County, Florida and from other areas around Tampa Bay came together again to review and discuss critical local and statewide issues in education.

The Pinellas Education Foundation, the Voice of Florida Business in Education and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations invited opinion leaders to a symposium called "Your Voice in Education Reform" moderated by Helios Education Foundation's President and CEO Paul Luna. The symposium presented an opportunity for the community to review the results of a recent survey of Governor Rick Scott's education agenda and engage in dialogue with a well-respected panel over other key education issues facing the community, including funding, vouchers, accountability and technology.

Kathleen Shanahan, who currently serves as a member of Florida's State Board of Education and on the Florida Council of 100, provided the keynote presentation, reminding attendees to continue to push for accountability across all segments of the education system. Shanahan has also served as Chief of Staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Vice President-elect Dick Cheney.

Panelists included:

  • Sean Barth, Treasurer of the Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Foundation for Seminole Public Schools and a member of the Voice of Florida Business in Public Education.
  • John Kirtly, creator of Step Up For Students, co-Founder of KLH Capital, Founder of the Children's Scholarship Fund of Tampa Bay and Vice Chairman of the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children.
  • Liza McFadden, President of Volunteer USA Foundation.
  • Ernest Hooper, an award-winning general news columnist for the St. Petersburg Times.
  • Tracy Staley, a 5th grade teacher at Ponce De Leon Elementary School in Clearwater, Florida.

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