This just in from the mayor’s office:
Tallahassee, FL – The Foundation for Excellence in Education today announced New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will serve as a keynote speaker at its first annual national summit on education reform, Excellence in Action. Mayor Bloomberg will join summit host Jeb Bush and policymakers from around the nation to address today’s most important education issues. New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein will also serve as an expert panelist on quality teaching and school accountability.
“Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein are bold, innovative leaders in education reform. We are tremendously pleased they will join us to share lessons of their historic transformation of New York City schools,” said Patricia Levesque, Executive Director of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. “Our goal is to arm local, state and national policymakers with the tools to improve the quality of education in America.”
The founder of Bloomberg LP and a renowned philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg was elected the 108th Mayor of the City of New York in 2001 and re-elected in 2005. Throughout his administration, Mayor Bloomberg has worked to overhaul the city’s school system – a system with a student population larger than three-fourths of the states in America. New York City is now a model for promoting accountability and high standards in schools.
In partnership with the James Madison Institute, the Foundation for Excellence in Education is bringing together the best and brightest minds in the country to address the challenges in providing a quality education to today’s students. Excellence in Action participants will immerse themselves in two days of provocative discussions and debates on topics critical to the future of reform, including raising standards, measuring progress, demanding accountability, closing the achievement gap and expanding school choice.
Scheduled for June 19-20, 2008, in Orlando, Florida, the summit’s keynote speakers also include former First Lady Barbara Bush, award-winning ABC 20/20 journalist John Stossel and Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony H. Williams. Individuals interested in attending the Excellence in Action can register on our website at http://www.ExcelinEd.org or by calling the Foundation for Excellence in Education at (850) 391-4090.
The Foundation for Excellence in Education is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization launched in 2007 by Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. Our mission is to improve the quality of education in classrooms across Florida and the nation by sponsoring innovative programs based on high academic standards, accountability, school choice and quality teaching. For more information on Excellence in Action and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, please visit http://www.ExcelinEd.org.