Dr. Ed Moore on Florida Chamber Bottom Line: Attracting Talented Teachers is Key to Future Success

“All the other things we talk about being ready- having the right people, in the right place at right time- if you don’t have a teacher there to cause that to happen, it’s not going to happen.”


Dr. Ed Moore, President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida



Teachers are an important part of ensuring Florida has a qualified talent pool for the 2 million net new jobs that need to be created between now and 2030.  But according to Dr. Ed Moore, President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, as Florida, the third most populous state in the nation, continues to grow, our state hasn’t produced many new teachers—and it’s a crisis that’s looming.

“In Florida alone, we produced 29 percent fewer teachers over the most recent five year period, while we’ve been growing 350-400,000 people a year, we are producing fewer teachers. If you don’t have a quality individual standing in every classroom, you can bring in all the technology… you still have to have … a maestro in each classroom across the state.


We have to do something to re-professionalize that profession to make it more attract and attract more people into it as a worthwhile career that has a tremendous impact. All the other things we talk about being ready- having the right people, in the right place at right time- if you don’t have a teacher there to cause that to happen, it’s not going to happen.”

Businesses can help by engaging education leaders in conversations on the skills they need for the jobs of the future, which is just part of the discussions being held at the Florida Chamber’s annual Learners to Earners Education Summit on June 13-14 in Orlando.

From Students & Parents to Teacher Development, Supporting Reforms Helps Florida’s Future

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A talented workforce is Florida’s best long-term economic strategy. The Florida Chamber believes a quality education system is the best way to ensure our students can compete in a global economy. We will continue to fight for an education system which also creates an atmosphere that allows parents to take control of their child’s academic future while supporting the growth of quality teachers.

  • Championing School Choice Options
    Empowering parents to take the lead on choosing the best learning environment for their children gives students more opportunities for success and promotes competition, which encourages continual improvements to Florida’s education system.
  • Advocating for Rigorous Accountability Standards
    Continuing to support assessment and accountability systems at all levels of Florida’s education system will help ensure a globally competitive talent pipeline.
  • Improving Professional Development Options for Teachers
    Fighting to improve professional development and benefit options for Florida’s teachers will create opportunities for America’s best teachers to train and remain in Florida, while helping our state remain competitive.
  • Investing in Digital and Virtual Education
    Expanding the use of cost-effective digital learning and virtual education tools throughout Florida’s education system will ensure Florida’s talent pipeline remains able to compete globally.

Florida competition is no longer Georgia or California, but Brazil, India and China. And while reforms continue to move Florida in the right direction our fight is far from over. From championing early learning initiatives to supporting a K-12 system that allows students to succeed, Florida wins when we place the needs of our students before the needs of unions.

A highly-educated workforce drives future private-sector job growth. Be a part of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning and help us invest in the future of Florida’s students.

Governor Scott Signs Florida Chamber Education Bill Into Law

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Education Accountability Law
Champions Fewer and Better Tests

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (April 14, 2015) – A Florida Chamber-backed education accountability bill reducing the number of education assessments was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott today.

“This legislation reduces the number of tests our students take, including the 11th grade English Language Arts test that we eliminated this year through an Executive Order in February,” said Governor Rick Scott in a press release. “I agree with many teachers and parents who say we have too many tests, and while this legislation is a great step forward, we will keep working to make sure Florida students are not over tested.

HB 7069, championed by Senator John Legg (R-Lutz) in the Senate and Representative Marlene O’Toole (R-The Villages) in the House, called for reducing the number of required state and local education assessments for Florida’s students.

Education is an economic competitiveness imperative for Florida and this country. Championing educational reforms for a globally competitive workforce is a Florida Chamber priority. While there are transition bumps to work out, the Florida Chamber believes that, as a state, we must not step back from higher standards and accountability. Fewer and better tests will help ensure Florida’s assessment and accountability system continues to succeed.

“This is good news for Florida’s students,” said Brittney Burch, Education Policy Director of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “We had many champions in the legislature on this issue, including Senators John Legg and Don Gaetz and Representatives Marlene O’Toole, Manny Diaz and Erik Fresen. Florida wins when we invest in policies that help make our students more competitive and today, we saw the fruits of that effort.”

“We need fewer and better tests,” explained Senator John Legg in a recent Florida Chamber Bottom Line episode. “We’ve gone overboard… the bureaucrats have interpreted the statutes to the letter of the law versus the spirit of the law.

The Florida Chamber thanks the many legislators that put Florida’s students before special interests.



The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

From Learners to Earners – Florida Chamber Education Update

The Florida Chamber believes that a quality education, from early learning to lifelong learning, is Florida’s new economic development strategy. Improving education for a better workforce is a top priority for the Florida Chamber.

This week, the Florida Legislature focused its attention on several Florida Chamber-backed education bills. Below is a compilation of Florida Chamber-backed education bills that saw legislative action this week.

Championing School Choice for Students

  • SB 692 – Sen. Jeff Brandes (R- St. Petersburg
  • HB 7037 – Choice & Innovation Subcommittee and Rep. Bob Cortes (R- Maitland)

    Helps charter schools provide quality education options around the state.

  • SB 1448 –  Sen. John Legg (R- Lutz)
  • SB 1552 – Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Fort Myers)

    Gives parents the opportunity to choose the best learning environment for their students.

Preparing Florida’s Workforce for a Global Economy

  • SB 960 –  Sen. Tom Lee (R- Brandon)

    Allows students to expand their volunteer opportunities.

Empowering Teachers

  • HB 587 – Rep. Ross Spano (R- Riverview)

    Will provide teachers greater professional development opportunities.

Supporting Global Standards for
College and Career Readiness

  • HB 7069 – Education Committee and Rep. Marlene O’Toole (R- The Villages)

    Will help streamline testing process for Florida’s students.


Get Involved:

There are many ways to get involved in the Florida Chamber’s long term fight to move Florida’s education system in the right direction.