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Smart Horizons Career Online Education Praises Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford's Call to Improve Economic Conditions through Education Opportunities in Opening Day Speech to Florida Legislature

PENSACOLA, Fla., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Howard Liebman of the Smart Horizons Career Online Education school district, today praised Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford's attention on education in his opening day speech to Florida Legislature.

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"We applaud House Speaker Weatherford's emphasis on improving opportunities through education, including his call to put 'significant time and energy into fostering economic opportunity through education,'" said Dr. Liebman.

Mr. Weatherford's (Republican, District 38) March 4 address appealed for an attack "on many fronts" to improve both the quality and accessibility of education on all levels in the State of Florida. He spoke of breaking the bonds of "generational poverty" through "quality education" that enables people to find "good-paying jobs."

Other key points in Weatherford's speech included the need for reforms and improvements in Florida's public school system with an increase in scholarships for underserved communities and an expansion of funding for career certification and technical training.

"Weatherford's remarks are synonymous with the work we are doing with the State of Florida Department of Corrections, the public library system , and our scholarship-matching program with the Clinton Global Initiative," said Dr. Liebman. "As he put it, we need to be 'helping students get a job, not just a framed degree.'"

The world's first AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district, Smart Horizons Career Online Education was founded in 2009 with a mission to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. The district offers an instructional program that enables students—primarily adult high school dropouts—to earn a high school diploma while also completing coursework for a credentialed career certificate .

Smart Horizons Career Online Education has been forming strategic alliances with school districts, post-secondary institutions, community organizations, and non-profit foundations to expand educational opportunities for underserved populations. In 2012, the district partnered with the Florida Department of Corrections to make its online instruction program available to inmates in seven Florida correctional facilities across the state.

Chip Case, a lobbyist working with Smart Horizons Career Online Education to further education interests among Florida legislators, also praised Weatherford for focusing on education in his address.

"I applaud House Speaker Weatherford for speaking on an issue that represents a long-term investment in our communities," Case said. "This is exactly what's been going on at Smart Horizons Career Online Education —giving people who have had difficulty completing their education because of social or economic reasons another opportunity. Some may have left the educational system on their own choice. Now, these individuals have an opportunity to re-engage back into the educational system and complete their education, learn real-world job skills, and prepare for the world of work."



About Smart Horizons Career Online Education

Smart Horizons Career Online Education, founded in 2009 and located in Pensacola, Florida, is a private, AdvancED/SACS accredited online school district. AdvancED/SACS District accreditation signifies that SHCOE and all of its schools are fully accredited and that SHCOE is recognized across the nation as a quality school system. Smart Horizons Career Online Education offers 18-credit, career-based high school diploma programs that are designed to prepare students for entrance into the workplace. Career certificate offerings include Childcare Education, Office Management, Protection Services, Homeland Security, Transportation Services, Professional Skills, Retail Customer Service Skills, and Food & Customer Service Skills. For more information, visit our website at www.shcoe.org , call our office at 855.777.4265 or email us at [email protected]

Media Contact: Dr. Howard Liebman, Smart Horizons Career Online Education, 855.777.4265, [email protected]

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