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A private education summit? Scott, Jeb, Thrasher, Chartrand

A day after an education summit ended in Clearwater with more questions than answers, the question is how Gov. Rick Scott will respond to the concerns raised over student testing, school grades, teacher evaluations and other hot-button issues. Scott called the summit but did not attend.

The governor apparently has decided to seek education policy advice from the man who started the revolution: former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Scott plans a private dinnertime meeting in Miami Thursday with Bush, Senate Rules Chairman John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine and Gary Chartrand, chairman of the state Board of Education. The 6 p.m. session is at a location as yet undisclosed by the governor's office.

Scott faces a simmering controversy among conservatives in his party who don't like the new Common Core learning standards. The Sarasota Republican Party on Thursday launched an online petition drive to stop Common Core in Florida, calling it "a federal takeover of the education system, bad for students," and "just another failed Washington 'one-size-fits-all approach."

-- Steve Bousquet

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