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Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida

Already a front-runner for Florida education commissioner?

gerardrobinson.jpgEven before the final applicant names were announced, Florida Board of Education members were talking about the possibility of naming a new education commissioner on the same day they conduct interviews later this month.

That got some observers speculating as to who they already have in mind. Many pointed to Gerard Robinson, Virginia secretary of education, who initially told the Times that he would not apply.

He's got the cred:

  • He's a member of Chiefs for Change, the Jeb Bush-sponsored education reform group. 
  • He's got a long history of support for school choice, including vouchers, as former leader of the Black Alliance for Educational Options.
  • He's got the connections -- his references include Indiana schools superintendent Tony Bennett and American Enterprise Institute ed policy director Frederick Hess.

Then there's this from J. Tucker Martin, spokesman for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell: "Florida officials approached Secretary Robinson regarding this position. Given the Secretary’s success here in Virginia, and his national reputation as a leader in education reform efforts, their interest in speaking to him about the opening is understandable."

Check out Robinson's resume, attached below, for more on his candidacy. Then let us know what you think. Is he the guy?

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 7:17pm]


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