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United Way of Florida holding teacher quality meetings



Gauging teacher quality has become such a big deal, even the United Way is involved. Through a grant funded by the Gates Foundation, the United Way of Florida is holding a series of six "power lunches" around the state in the next two weeks to have a "conversation" about effective teaching.

The first lunch is Wednesday in Tallahassee. The sixth is Jan. 18 in Naples. The closest one to Tampa Bay is Jan. 14 in Orlando. All run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They're free for registered guests, but registration is required before the event.

The results will be put into an "action agenda" by Feb. 1 and, according to this story, given to Gov. Rick Scott.

The lunches are open to parents, students, teachers, school board members, lawmakers and anybody else who has an interest.

According to the United Way of Florida website, teachers who are interested but can't make the lunch should call the United Way to schedule a "listening session." The group has held more than 40 of them in the past five months, the site says. The phone number is (850) 386-8151. E-mail is




[Last modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 12:04pm]


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