Lawmaker will examine the real-world impact of new policy endeavors that lay out new paths to high school graduation, college readiness and industry-level workforce certification.

Tampa, FL — At the finish of the Florida legislative season this month, the Senate passed an expansive bill that greatly expanded career and professional education programs for high school students, authorized an online arm of the state university system and pushed millions of dollars into getting national academic recognition for the state’s two flagship universities. At the 2013 Florida College Access and Success Summit in Tampa on June 14, 2013, Sen. John Legg will explain the real-world impact of this sweeping legislative bill on the state’s current economy and higher education system.

The early morning plenary session entitled, “Incentivizing Students to Reach Higher” will run from 8:45am to 10am on Friday, June 14.  Legg, who chairs the Senate’s K-20 Education Policy Committee, will address his shepherding of the Career and Professional Act which lays out multiple pathways to high school graduation, college readiness and industry-level technical certifications. For two decades now, Sen. Legg has been deeply involved in Florida education as both a lawmaker and an educator. In 2000, he co-founded Dayspring Academy where he both teaches and serves as a business administrator. The Pasco County school, which serves a large number of low-income students, remains well-attended and highly-ranked more than a decade after its founding.

The Florida College Access and Success Summit takes place on Friday, June 14 from 7:15am to 2:30pm at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. It is open to leaders from all organizations and businesses interested in helping Florida increase the number of its residents who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025.  To register, click here or visit and click on the summit banner.

Florida College Access Network receives support from the Florida Department of Education, Helios Education Foundation, Lumina Foundation and the University of South Florida.

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