When Students Succeed, Florida Wins

By: Brittney Hunt

The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently attended a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation strategy session to focus on the implementation of the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) — a law allowing for more state control over educational issues and regulations. Increased flexibility gives Florida the opportunity to close the achievement gap and create a high- quality educational system that ensures all students can succeed.

Research from the Florida Chamber Foundation shows that by the year 2030, there will be an estimated six million more residents in Florida and a need for more than two million jobs. Education is the key to every single one of those jobs and it’s easy to see why talent is quickly replacing tax incentives as the most important tool for Florida’s economic development efforts.

To help Florida on its path to ensuring a high-quality education for students, the Florida Chamber continues to focus on key principles such as high quality standards and annual assessments, transparency of student outcomes and school performance, accountability for academic achievement of all students, consequences for low performing schools and more choices for students and families.

To learn more about ESSA and where the Florida Chamber stands, click here.