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Florida Commissioner of Education to Speak at Clay Chamber Economic Development Quarterly Luncheon
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Florida Commissioner of Education to Speak at Clay Chamber Economic Development Quarterly Luncheon

Dr. Eric J. Smith, Commissioner of Education for Florida’s Department of Education (DOE) will be the keynote speaker at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Quarterly Luncheon sponsored by Community First Credit Union on February 4. The race for knowledge and prosperity will take Bold, Visionary Education Reform that Includes Quality Leaders & Teachers in Our Schools and an Involved Business Community.

Dr. Smith began his education career in Florida as a classroom teacher more than 30 years ago. He earned a Doctorate in Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida in 1984. Smith served as Senior Vice President for College Readiness with the College Board in 2006. He was responsible for leading the EXCELerator project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to prepare all students for college. Smith is also a member of “Chiefs for Change”, a group of five leaders that belong to the Chief State School Officers Organization. Collectively, they want to push the envelope and put children first.

The luncheon will be held at the Country Club of Orange Park located at 2525 Country Club Blvd. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the event is open to the public. Cost is $40 in advance or $50 after February 1. Please call Leah Zdenek at 904.394.0646 to make your reservation.

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