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Gerard Robinson to earn $275,000 as Florida education commissioner



gerardrobinson.jpgIt's official on Sunday. That's Gerard Robinson's start date as Florida's new education commissioner.

The terms of his employment are set forth in a July 15 letter from State Board of Education chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan (attached below). 

He'll make $275,000 a year, the same amount that Eric Smith made but a big step up from his $153,000 annual salary as Virginia education secretary.

He'll have health, dental and life insurance, 176 hours of annual leave, 104 hours of sick leave and one 8-hour personal holiday each year. Robinson doesn't appear to get any performance pay or outcomes-based bonuses — not even a little extra if all 67 districts make A's — and he serves at the pleasure of the board, without contract.

Robinson's first formal outing as commissioner comes Tuesday, when the board meets in Tampa to talk budgets and priorities. Can't wait to hear what he has to say. 

[Last modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 7:00pm]


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