Education and Innovation

When I meet with constituents, I feel proud to be a part of a community where ingenuity and development are growing at a fast pace. The people of Broward and Palm Beach counties are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to achievement that is second to none.

(The above photo shows Senator Sachs at Innovate Palm Beach reviewing a robot display).
Students love technology, and our schools need to follow their lead. The chalkboard’s place is taken over by handheld devices; wooden desks with virtual classrooms; and the #2 pencil with tablets. Education is changing faster than we in Tallahassee can make the laws to promote it. Our priority must be to enable classroom teachers to have the tools necessary to understand the new technology and its challenges. This is the reason why I filed and passed a law,HB 723, that allows all classroom teachers tuition-free courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at all Florida state colleges and universities. Our teachers need to be equipped with the expertise and the newest cutting-edge technology to enable them to prepare our students for our global economy.

The Village Academy in Delray Beach hosted a function where students and their parents came to be honored for their academic achievements. It inspires me to observe first-hand the passion for education of these families who are committed to their children’s education.

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Senator Sachs presenting an award to Village Academy student for her excellent essay on her educational experience.

St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church has been part of the Delray Beach community for over 72 years. Under the leadership of Monsignor Thomas Skindeleski, the school added a new building.  This parish is an example of a religious community extending their reach to neighbors across their area.  They have opened up their building to Family Promise, a non-profit organization assisting families in finding jobs and regaining independence.  I attended St. Vincent’s new building dedication recently. It is such a pleasure to watch the St. Vincent community grow and to see their community involvement grow with them.

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Senator Sachs with Monsignor Thomas Skindeleski at the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School new building dedication.

Hillel Elementary School is another proud community religious school dedicated to excellence in education.  During my visit to the school, it was apparent the school leadership and the parents are extremely dedicated in creating the best educational environments possible.  Hillel Elementary School recently built a new gymnasium and is committed to supporting a culture of education and community involvement.

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Senator Sachs touring the Hillel Elementary School in Boca Raton.

I am excited to support the increasing interest in the tech sector here in District 34. I met with a group of investors, Innovate Palm Beach, who work to promote innovation and creativity in entrepreneurship.
 
This group consists of engineers, investors, students, and computer programmers. I was excited to witness a high tech community working together to promote their ideas and find investors for their start-up companies.  They conduct workshops, events and meetings at Caffeine Spaces, which is a unique “coworking”, or collaborative, space.
The ambition to grow the tech industry here in our District is inspiring, and it will prepare Floridians to compete in the fast-paced global economy. Watch out Silicon Valley!
 
 
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Senator Sachs with leaders from Innovate Palm Beach at Caffeine Space.  From left to right: Julen Key, Phyllis Fee, Senator Sachs, Mark Laymon, & Greg Weiss.
 
There are so many ways to address the issues facing Florida today, and here at home, we are seeing a strong commitment to public service, education and entrepreneurship. These qualities are the foundation of a strong society and will help us grow as a community.