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Scott meeting with Jeb Bush, Chartrand, Thrasher



A day after his three-day education summit ended, Gov. Rick Scott plans to meet in Miami with former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gary Chartrand, chairman of the state Board of Education, and state Senator John Thrasher.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. today in Miami, according to Scott's daily schedule. It's not clear yet what the meeting is about. Chartrand and Thrasher were both participants in the education summit. Bush didn't attend, but Patricia Levesque, executive director of his Foundation for Florida's Future, was a participant. 

Scott organized the three-day event in Clearwater after a tough year in education for the state. Florida had another education commissioner resign. The state board voted to pad school grades at the 11th hour for the second straight year. (They'll consider in October whether to extend the safety net again.)

Scott didn't attend, but several of his staffers were present. Interim education commissioner Pam Stewart said that her staff and his were in communication with him during the event.

There were 36 participants, including lawmakers, superintendents, teachers, charter officials and business leaders. Wide-ranging discussions were had about Florida's pressing issues, such as school grades, teacher evaluations, the Common Core State Standards and assessments. 

We'll update later when we find out more about the meeting.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:59am]


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