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New Florida education commissioner to headline event with Michelle Rhee



In one of his first public appearances as Florida's new education commissioner, Gerard Robinson will headline an event sponsored by a pro-voucher group along with former Washington D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee.

The forum on Hispanic student achievement, scheduled for Friday in Fort Lauderdale, is sponsored by the Hispanic Council for Reform and Education Options. Robinson, Rhee and other panelists "will discuss how quality teachers and educational reform strategies such as enhanced and expanded school options can help address the achievement gap and graduation rate among Hispanic students nationwide," said a press release from the group. See the attachment below for more info.

A press release from Rhee's new group, StudentsFirst, says Rhee "will participate in a panel to discuss the urgent need to improve education outcomes in the Hispanic community ... The panel marks the announcement of StudentsFirst’s partnership with LULAC, Hispanic CREO, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to push for accountability in our children’s schools, rigorous teaching standards, and strong communities. In addition, the panel will discuss Florida’s recent leadership in enacting statewide reforms that put student needs at the forefront of decision-making, with leaders from across the state sounding a call to action."

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 4:28pm]


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