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Ex-Gov. Jeb Bush, Rev. Al Sharpton and John Legend to join MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough in Tampa Thursday



Morningjoe Florida Congressman-turned-MSNBC morning anchor Joe Scarborough is bringing a star-studded cast to his appearance in Tampa Thursday: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, R&B singer John Legend, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

These are the guests NBC has announced for a live broadcast of Scarborough's Morning Joe show from Alexander Elementary School in Tampa. The topic: what works and what doesn't in education, a discussion which will include a town hall discussion with "selected guests and members of the Florida education community" according to an MSNBC release.

Scarborough will also be joined by his co-host and on air foil, Mika Brzezinski.

Ironically, Bush may be the only notable who is not at Alexander Elementary in person, appearing by satellite from New York City, according to a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County School District. The school was chosen because of its diversity -- 90 percent of students are on free or reduced lunch, which a high percentage of minority students -- and its success as an A-level school on the FCAT tests.

Morning_Joe "They wanted a school which shows that, if everyone works together, it doesn't matter what color their skin, their religion, their economic background or what language they speak," said district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe.

About 240 people are expected for the channel's town hall segment, including Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, school board members Susan Valdes and Carol Kurdell and Megan Allen, 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year and a 4th grade teacher at Cleveland Elementary School in Tampa. The telecast, however, is closed to the public.

The whole event is dubbed Great Expectations, and will air from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on MSNBC Thursday.

Click below to read MSNBC's press release:

The ‘Great Expectations’ Broadcast and Town Hall Event on May 25 Will Focus on Education in America

Guest include Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz,  Former Gov. Jeb Bush, and Musician John Legend

NEW YORK - March 23, 2010 - MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” will broadcast live from Tampa, Florida on Thursday, March 25 with a special broadcast and town hall event focused on education in America. The “Great Expectations” broadcast will bring together the leaders who are at the helm of education reform in America. The program will also feature a one-hour town hall discussion with special guests and members of the Florida education community.

“Morning Joe” co-anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will be joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz,  Former Governor Jeb Bush, Grammy-Award winner John Legend, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Mayor Cory Booker among others. The guests will discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to education, including success stories of educational entrepreneurs and schools that have exceeded expectations.

The broadcast will originate from Alexander Elementary in Tampa, a school that is proof that when a state, a school district and teachers commit to teaching, they can exceed expectations and show success in student performance. The broadcast is not open to the public.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:06pm]


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