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Florida Education Commissioner Submits Resignation

Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson has submitted his resignation after a tumultuous year.

Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson will resign his position on August 31, the Department of Education announced this evening.

Robinson became Florida’s top education official about a year ago. He has faced growing criticism from school boards, teachers and parents about the state’s standardized testing regimen and school grading system.

Board of Education chairman Kathleen Shanahan said in a statement that Robinson’s decision was related to his family.

Shanahan praised Robinson’s efforts in pushing to toughen state testing standards and leading Florida’s efforts to implement a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

“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.”


  • CSket

    All I can figure is he knows that what our state is doing is BAD for students (Children) and won’t participate in it any more… 

  • Ateacher

    He was set up for failure by our governor.

  • Well if he is the same guy who ignored my letter about a principal who told me I could not attend a field trip after my child’s teacher insisted she change in front of other students, he deserves to go. We home school, though I could be making a decent living as a teacher with my degree, because it is safer for my children…obviously.:/

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