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Jeb Bush headlines fundraiser, education summit in Tallahassee


Jeb Bush used to jokingly call the state capital "Mount Tallahassee" and on Feb. 10 he's making the treck back there to raise money for his (likely) presidential campaign and to talk education.

The $1,000-per-head fundraiser is closed to the press. The education forum, which could feature Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, is open to reporters.

Here's the press release for that:

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush... will participate in Keeping the Promise: A Florida Education Summit, hosted by the Foundation for Florida’s Future (@aFloridaPromise) on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The half-day event, 2-5 p.m., at The Alumni Center in Tallahassee, Fla., is convening top Florida policymakers and education stakeholders for a conversation about accountability and choice, two of the most important factors for unlocking student potential. Event cohosts include Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Council of 100, Hispanic CREO, the James Madison Institute, the Multicultural Education Alliance, and the Urban League of Greater Miami.

“Florida’s impressive gains in student achievement began 15 years ago with the A+ Plan for Education,” said Patricia Levesque, executive director of aFloridaPromise, “Annual testing, data-driven accountability and educational choices were a huge part of the transformational improvements that followed, supporting work in classrooms to keep students from falling through the cracks. We must work together to ensure policies are implemented thoughtfully and in the best interest of students. We’re thankful to be joining with partners to bring stakeholders together for an informative, honest discussion on how to keep the promise we make to students.”

Attendees at #FLpromise15 will hear from leading policymakers, researchers, innovators and educators. New, national research by ExcelinEd Senior Policy Fellow Dr. Matthew Ladner relating to the changing demographics in Florida will also be shared – it will highlight Florida’s population outlook and what that means for education and the economy. The event will conclude with a myth-busting discussion on one of the most talked-about and misunderstood topics today: educational choice.

Keeping the Promise: A Florida Education Summit is free, and registration is open to the public. Space is limited. Registration for individuals and the media is available at