BREAKING Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson Resigns


From Jeff Solochek at Gradebook:

This just in from the Florida Department of Education:

Tallahassee, Fla., July 31, 2012 – Florida Department of Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson submitted a letter of resignation today to Governor Rick Scott and State Board of Education Chair Kathleen Shanahan.

Commissioner Robinson has served as head of one of the country’s largest state school systems since August 2011. Under his leadership Florida’s school system has realized some major milestones, including raising achievement levels for the first time in a decade, obtaining a provisional flexibility waiver from the U.S. Department of Education from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – one of the first eleven states to receive notification, and earning national recognition for accomplishments from early childhood learning to the Florida College System.

“The board is extremely grateful for Gerard’s leadership this past year,” said State Board of Education Chair Kathleen Shanahan. “He has worked with the board as we have raised standards for our students and our schools. He is a leader who embodies and understands the importance of education reform. We wish him the best as he makes the decision that is best for his own young children.”

Chair Shanahan said that the board would be working closely with the Governor to identify a replacement. Commissioner Robinson’s resignation will be effective August 31.

Robinson’s letter to the governor is attached.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/sites/tampabay.com.blogs.gradebook/files/governor_rick_scott_7-31-12.pdf

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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2 Responses to BREAKING Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson Resigns

  1. Jupiter Mom says:

    Holy smokes! Yeah- love how they give him credit for all that. Ugh. Now who will they dig up?

  2. Commissioner Robinson has served as head of one of the country’s largest state school systems since August 2011.He will surely get a good job.

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