"The forum was a home run in every sense. Panelists and participants all walked away with a better understanding of the long-standing systemic challenges on a national and state level, a platform for joining together to build a stronger education system for Southwest Florida and immediate opportunities to make a difference for students today."
Mary Chance of Gainesville,
President of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
The Summit "was sorely needed, magnificently organized, masterfully researched, and successfully presented,"
"Impressive dialogue and program,"
President, Lee Memorial Health System
"The News-Press summit provided compelling food for thought for our district and our community; how can we best prepare the leaders and learners of today and tomorrow?"
Dr. Kamela Patton,
Superintendent, Schools for Collier County
"The common theme resonating for me was that a responsive K-20 educational system is foundational to the economic, social and cultural vitality of Southwest Florida. We need to find better ways to educate more students in order to successfully compete in a global arena. In order to achieve this, education and business leaders must work together more closely,"
Dr. Wilson Bradshaw,
President, Florida Gulf Coast University
"The News-Press Educational Summit produced a tremendous amount of energy with a lot of varied and strong opinions. There appeared to be a desire for a fundamental change in education. For that to happen, it will require federal and state legislative leadership, candid institutional input and a committed community,"
Dr. Terry P. McMahan,
President, Hodges University