Florida Tops the Nation in Digital Learning
As shoppers log on to their computers today to access the latest in Cyber Monday deals, Florida students will log on to engage in digital learning – completing their latest math lessons, corresponding with virtual educators, viewing lectures, and participating in numerous other educational activities. Florida leads the nation in digital learning and is one of only two states to earn an A in the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 2014 Digital Learning Report Card.
Digital learning plays an important role in today’s education system by customizing the educational experience to accommodate students’ unique learning styles and allowing educators to enhance traditional classroom learning and prepare students for academic success. Despite the increasing use of computers in the learning process, a recent national study showed that less than 10 percent of 8th graders could identify the credibility of a website or send a proper email. With digital learning the new literacy, how will we keep pace with changing technology and ensure that today’s students have the skills to compete in tomorrow’s workforce?
To learn more about digital learning as the new frontier in education, register to attend the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2016 Education Summit on June 2, in Orlando.
ICYMI: Foundation for Excellence in Education Fights Back Against Harmful Union Agenda
Recently, several parents of students with special needs filed a motion to defend SB 850- which created Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSA), and which help provide increased access to educational and medical services for students with disabilities.
“The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to be supportive of putting our students first to help ensure their educational success,” said Edie Ousley, Vice President of Public Affairs for the Florida Chamber. “Allowing parents to choose the best education option for their children should take priority over union agendas.”
Florida’s teachers union is challenging the PLSAs claiming, “SB 850 violates the Florida Constitution’s “single subject” rule, which requires that every bill passed contain only one subject.”
SB 850 was a comprehensive education bill that also the Career and Professional Education (CAPE) academy program, improved the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program by expanding educational choices to Florida’s most needy families, and expanded parental options for students with learning disabilities.
“The union finds education choices threatening, and attacking the process is easier for them than looking parents in the eyes and saying they don’t want low-income students and students with disabilities to have more access to choices in their education. Families want what’s best for their kids and know the stonewalling by the union is unjustified, and as a parent I wholeheartedly agree. It’s disgraceful,” Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education said.
The Florida Chamber will continue to support parents in choosing the best educational options for their children. Learn more about our fight by contacting us at 850-521-1200. We hope to see you at our annual Future of Florida Forum, where we will continue discussions on how we can help secure Florida’s future.