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BankAtlantic Partners with Broward and Dade County Schools for the Council for Educational Change Executive PASS Program.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- BankAtlantic (NYSE: BBX), "Florida's Most Convenient Bank", today announced that through the BankAtlantic Foundation, it has agreed to team up with schools in Broward and Dade counties to participate in the Council for Educational Change's Executive PASS program.

The Executive PASS program is a model derived from the Council for Educational Change's statewide PASS([c]) (Partnership to Advance School Success) program, which has been very successful in matching up corporate leaders and school principals who work together toward elevating student academic achievement and promoting workforce preparedness skills.

For the 2009-2010 school year, BankAtlantic is partnering with six academically challenged schools, four in Dade county and two in Broward county with C and D grades.

The Executive PASS program is a mentoring partnership program created by the Council, in which qualified Executives from local businesses collaborate with school principals to infuse business strategies and hands-on support and interaction with the principal and school instructional leadership teams. Once the partnership is created, the Council continues to assist in monitoring and maintaining the relationship through goal setting, scheduling, review and evaluation processes.

"Nothing is more important to our future than the education of our children. Strengthening and supporting this mandate must be the priority and responsibility of every individual and business in our community," said Jarett Levan, BankAtlantic's Chief Executive Officer. "BankAtlantic is very pleased to join together with our local school principals and the Council for Educational Change to bring a business perspective to the educational process, and to help ensure that every child in every school receives the educational tools they need to succeed," he added.

The Executive PASS program is tailored to meet each individual school's academic and operational needs. The successes of the program have included higher grades, improved attendance, improved student behavior, exposure to arts and culture, increased parental involvement, community engagement, and staff motivation and empowerment.

"We applaud the commitment that BankAtlantic has made to education in South Florida, and are excited to partner with them to help students succeed," said Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director of The Council for Educational Change.

About the Council for Educational Change:

The Council for Educational Change is a statewide, 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to focus on LEADERSHIP to improve student achievement and address critical education issues. Our programs prepare and empower school leaders, partner with business, mobilize parents and the community, engage in research and development, serve as a catalyst for public policy. Ongoing evaluation is a required element for all Council for Educational Change initiatives.

The Council for Educational Change is the successor organization of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge initiative. The public private $100 million initiative funded 102 innovative grant programs in the tri-county area, serving 378 schools, more than 280,000 students, 15,000 teachers and more than 2,000 school and district leadership staff.

From the emerging South Florida Annenberg Challenge results and experience, the Council for Educational Change has chosen its focus areas to maximize its impact on educational improvement and student performance.

The Council had its first Board and organizational meeting on January 17, 2003. We are indeed fortunate to have the continuing support and insight of leaders around the state, particularly the business community.

The Annenberg Foundation and other philanthropic sources support the Council's work. A Council for Educational Change Brochure is available at

For additional information about the Council for Educational Change and the PASS program please contact:
Elaine Liftin, Ed.D.
President & Executive Director
The Council for Educational Change
Meridian Business Campus
3265 Meridian Parkway - Suite 130
Weston, FL 33331
954-727-9909 - Phone
954-727-0990 - Fax
305-775-5161 - Cell

About BankAtlantic Foundation:

Through the BankAtlantic Foundation, founded in 1994, BankAtlantic has helped support children in need, helped families obtain affordable housing, provided arts and cultural exposure to the broader community and is deeply committed to education. BankAtlantic is particularly proud of its employees who each year contribute thousands of volunteer hours to a wide scope of charitable causes in support of our community.

About BankAtlantic:

BankAtlantic, "Florida's Most Convenient Bank", is one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in Florida. Via its broad network of community branches, online banking division - , and conveniently located ATMs, BankAtlantic provides a full line of personal, small business and commercial banking products and services. BankAtlantic is open 7 days a week with extended weekday hours, Free Online Banking & Bill Pay, a 7-Day Customer Service Center and Change Exchange coin counters.

BankAtlantic Bancorp (NYSE: BBX) is a bank holding company and the parent company of BankAtlantic.

To learn more about BankAtlantic and the BankAtlantic Foundation, visit us at
BankAtlantic, Florida's Most Convenient Bank, Contact Info:
Media Relations:
Sharon Lyn
Telephone: 954-940-6383
Fax: 954-940-5320

BankAtlantic Bancorp Investor Relations:
Leo Hinkley, Investor Relations Officer, SVP
Phone: 954-940-5300, Fax: 954-940-5320
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