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The James Madison Institute is pleased to announce Michael Bileca as the 4th Annual J. Stanley Marshall Award recipient for being an Education Innovator in Florida. 

The Honorable Michael Bileca is a former Florida legislator who served as chairman of the House Education Committee during his eight-year legislative stint (which ran from 2010-2018).  Over his time in office, Rep. Bileca showed great leadership on a number of major legislative initiatives, including civics education, the Reading Scholarship for early elementary students, the Gardiner Scholarship for special needs students, and a number of other school choice measures.

In addition to his legislative work, Rep. Bileca sponsored a number of civics education programs for public school students in his Miami-Dade district, and he helped start an innovative charter school called True North Classical School.  Given his pioneering leadership on so many fronts, Michael Bileca is a very worthy recipient of the 2020 Florida Education Innovator of the Year Award, which is given annually by the J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options at The James Madison Institute in Tallahassee.

Other guests and panelists for that evening include Rep. Byron Donalds, Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. and Rep. Jennifer Sullivan

The James Madison Institute will celebrate Dr. J. Stanley Marshall Day at The Columns, JMI’s headquarters in Tallahassee, on Tuesday, January 28. It will be a reception event, with check-in beginning at 5:00 pm and the program going from 5:30 p.m. till 7:00p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

This event will be part of National School Choice Week, one week set aside every January to come together to raise awareness of all types of education options and promote non-partisan educational opportunity.

Dr. Marshall was a fierce advocate of school choice, so in his honor we will be awarding the fourth-annual J. Stanley Marshall Award to an “Education Innovator,” as part of the JMI’s Marshall Center for Educational Options. A short program about the current state and future direction of educational choice in Florida will be included.

For additional questions, please contact events@jamesmadison.org or call our headquarters at 850-386-3131.