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Already a frontrunner for Fla education commissioner?

geraldrobinson. From our Gradebook blog: Even 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.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 4:41pm]


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