General Sessions

Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Grand Sierra Ballroom

Join former Representative Michael Bileca as he leads a panel and town-hall discussion on the state of the charter school sector in Florida.

Michael BilecaMichael Bileca was elected to serve in The Florida House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018 where he served in various capacities but always had a focus on education including being chairman of the Education Committee.  During his tenure, he sponsored and passed transformative education reform legislation.

He was appointed to the Financial Recovery Board of Jackson Hospital when it was instituted in 2011 to help turn around the struggling health system.  In the first year on the board at Jackson and under the leadership of Carlos Migoya, the system went from an $82 million dollar loss to a surplus. In the subsequent years that he served, Jackson continued financial surpluses while maintaining its distinction of world class medical care.

Mr. Bileca also serves on the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College, which has the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college or university in the country.

Furthermore, Mr. Bileca is the Director of The Dennis Bileca Institute for Character and Excellence.  The Foundation has primarily funded charter schools that focus on virtue based education with an emphasis on classical liberal arts curriculum.  The first school The Foundation funded performs in the top 1% of schools in Florida after its first year of operation.

He is a graduate of Tulane University where he received a Bachelor of Science in management with a minor in philosophy. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University and its acclaimed Kellogg School of Management where he obtained a Master of Business Administration.



Opening General Session

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. • Grand Sierra Ballroom

Join your colleagues to hear Commissioner Richard Corcoran and a very special guest share their visions for education in Florida.

The Corcoran Family

Commissioner Richard Corcoran moved to Florida as a child in 1976. Both of his parents grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II. They instilled a great sense of pride in public service and duty in him at an early age.

From them, Commissioner Corcoran developed the principles by which he and his wife of more than 24 years, Anne, who is also an attorney, teach their six children today.

Commissioner Corcoran grew up in Pasco County, Florida where he graduated from Hudson High School. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Leo College in 1989 and a Juris Doctorate from Regent University in 1996. While enrolled in college, Richard also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve (1987-1993).

Commissioner Corcoran has been a practicing attorney in Florida for almost 20 years. He also served as the Speaker of the Florida House from 2016-2018. During his tenure in the state House, he pushed through over $10 billion in tax cuts, the elimination of over 5,000 regulations, the massive expansion of school choice, and the strongest ethics and transparency laws in state history.

Commissioner Corcoran is a passionate advocate for improving the education system in Florida. He fully believes every child can learn and that all children deserve the opportunity to receive a world-class education.



Closing General Session

Thursday, October 30, 2019 • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Grand Sierra Ballroom

Join your colleagues for a motivational talk to strengthen your passion for helping Every Student, Every Day reach their High Expectations.