Education Legislation

Education, Politics, and What Really Matters

By on April 29th, 2013

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For as long as I can remember I’ve had an opinion – a strong one – and a pervasive need to engage others in friendly debate, even for the purpose of persuasion. My parents taught me early that your greatest attributes can also be your Achilles’ heel if you do not harness the positive elements of your character. Passionate can be seen as obstinate if you are not careful, assertive can be aggressive, and confident can be arrogant – it is all a matter of perception. Knowing that, I take my strong opinions and attempt to portray myself as a passionate, assertive, confident woman who never crosses the line to obstinate, aggressive, or arrogant. That is my disclaimer. Continue reading

One Size Fits No One

By on March 26th, 2013

FLVS Needs Your Help!It’s legislative season in Tallahassee again.  We know that March will come every year, yet every year it seems such a shock to us that FLVS must stand ready to defend its district against those who would cut first and consider later.

This battle is recursive—we do it over and over and over again.  But, when you are a space-creator, you must also be a space-holder.  Continue reading

Presenting Before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education

By on March 18th, 2013

US Capitol BuildingOn February 14, 2013, I testified at a hearing titled, “Raising the Bar: How Education Innovation Can Improve Student Achievement,” before the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

Several witnesses were present to provide personal and professional insight into the advantages of digital learning and technological innovation. The experience was an exciting opportunity to see how personalized innovative learning models are being recognized at the local, state, and now federal level, resulting in more choices for students and families. Continue reading