Elia in demand
Hillsborough County's superintendent heads to Tallahassee this afternoon for a sit-down with Gov. Charlie Crist. Elia had a pretty close relationship with former governor Jeb Bush, and she hopes to continue the trend with the newest occupant of the executive office. One thing she's ready to talk about is the need to lower the passing score on the 10th grade FCAT reading section, spokesman Stephen Hegarty says.
After visiting the state capital, Elia is off to the nation's capital, where she'll participate on a panel talking about school choice and charter schools for the US Department of Education. Elia caught the DOE's eye after a recent presentation on Hillsborough magnet schools, a program that she launched back in the 1990s to much success. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings came to Tampa to visit one of the local magnets, and later invited Elia to share her tips with others.
Also on the panel will be Joe Nathan, director of the Center for School Change; representatives from charter schools in Newark, N.J.; and a parent from Washington, D.C., whose child participates in the District’s school voucher program. The show, Education News Parents Can Use, will be televised locally at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the Education Channel (Brighthouse channel 18 in Hillsborough County).