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The Tower Forum is a private, non-profit, non-partisan business organization established in 1976.  The organization  consists of business executives from industries and professions in south Florida. The Tower Forum has become the "go-to" discussion venue in Broward, where these leaders identify critical issues facing our community, engage in public dialogue, and encourage positive change.

Our Next Breakfast

Thurs., May 1, 2014

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What is the role of charter

schools in the future of

education in Broward County?

How can public schools and

charter schools work together?

Charter schools are part of the public school system and must be approved by the school board to open. They compete with traditional public schools for students and for funding. There are currently 95 charter schools and 229 public schools and education centers in Broward County.

Do charter schools or traditional schools provide a better education? What is the difference in the academic performance of students? Is a student more likely to graduate from a charter school or a public school? Should education dollars be spent on charter schools or would they be more beneficial if they supported improvements in the public schools? Currently, there is relatively little oversight in the fiscal management and course of charters.

What common grounds are there for improvement to our educational delivery? You’ll want to hear all points at May’s Tower Forum discussion.


Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Broward Schools, the nation’s sixth largest public school system, holds a bachelors degree from Harvard College and a masters degree from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.  He formerly served as Chief of Staff to the Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools among other high level positions such as Chief Area Instructional Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Information Officer.

Jonathan Hage, President/CEO, Charter Schools USA, based in Fort Lauderdale. The for-profit company operates 58 schools in seven states across the country.  Mr. Hage is recognized by many in the education field as an innovator who is on the forefront of educational reform.  He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Colorado and masters degree from Georgetown University.  He founded CSUSA in 1997 as a concept designed to impact the nation’s education system.


J. David Armstrong, President, Broward College

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WHERE:        Tower Club, 28th Floor, One Financial Plaza, 100 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

WHEN:          Thursday, May 1, 2014; doors open at 7:00 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m.; concludes around 9:00 a.m.; free parking until 9:30 a.m.

COST:            Gratis for paid members of Tower Forum; non-members: $35, includes breakfast and parking (note: no cost for working media); credit card online, or mail check, payable to Tower Forum, P.O. Box #15041, Plantation, FL 33318.

We encourage participants to join Tower Forum. While we invite you to attend 2 breakfasts at $35 each, you must join Tower Forum to attend thereafter. Membership is from date of joining through 9 consecutively scheduled breakfasts.

RSVP's and advance payments are required. Seating is limited.

to RSVP for the May breakfast


George Morgan, Charles Caulkins, Jose Batalla,
Malcolm MacInnes

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Tracy Mandart, President


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Our location is always downtown at the Tower Club.  Doors open at 7:00 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m.; it concludes around 9:00 a.m. Free parking until 9:30 A.M. at the One Financial Plaza garage, by obtaining receptionist's stamp on ticket when exiting the breakfast.
Regions Bank Building
One Financial Plaza
100 SE Third Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394

The programs are formulated by the Program Planning Committee, chaired by Jose Batalla (954.563.0602). The dates of the programs are the first Thursday of every month from October, 2013 through June, 2014:
10/3/13, 11/7/13, 12/5/13, 1/9/14, 2/6/14, 3/6/14, 4/3/14, 5/1/14, 6/5/14.

Except: Please note that the 1/2/14 breakfast has been shifted to 1/9/14.


Lee Feldman, Charles Caulkins, Linda Cooke,
Calvin Glidewell

Steve Einhorn, Kathy Koch, Marty Kurtz

Tracy Mandart, Charlene Bender, Bob Swindell

Robert Barron, Jane Carri
é, Aileen Izquierdo