St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens, J.D., was recently selected to the Keep Florida Learning Committee. Led by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, the Committee’s purpose is to review deregulation opportunities for the school system, analyze instructional material review processes used by school boards, identify strategies to increase parental involvement in schools and review the implementation of the Florida Standards and the Florida Standards assessment over the next year.
Pickens said he is honored to serve as the Committee’s higher education representative, bringing his experience as both a legislator and an educator to the needs of 2.7 million students and 192,000 teachers throughout the state.
“Student success is the single most important mission we face together as educators,” Pickens said. “I commend Commissioner Stewart for spearheading this committee, and I look forward to collaborating with the outstanding members selected to address the issues and solutions that will play a vital role in educating and fostering Florida’s future workforce.”
The Committee is comprised of 10 positions selected from more than 2,800 applicants comprised of teachers, superintendents, school board members, higher education representatives and members of the public from around the state.
Those serving alongside Pickens include Representative Manny Diaz, Jr., Senator Kelli Stargel, and the 2015 Florida Teacher of the Year, Christie Bassett.
In a statement released by the Florida Department of Education, Commissioner Stewart said, “Our state has made tremendous strides under Governor Rick Scott’s leadership, and I established the Keep Florida Learning Committee to ensure we remain on this successful track…. I look forward to participating in this very important conversation on the future of the Florida students.”