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Gov. Rick Scott lauds education commissioner pick: Gerard Robinson



After a months-long search and a long afternoon of interviews, it took the Florida Board of Education less than 10 minutes Tuesday morning to name its next commmissioner: Gerard Robinson.

Gov. Rick Scott applauded the choice, calling Robinson "a nationally recognized leader in school choice."

“Gerard brings to Florida a long and remarkable set of accomplishments in innovation and proven results that will help us continue putting children first, improving our schools and ensuring Florida has the best-educated workforce,” Scott said. “His leadership as an experienced education reformer and advocate for school choice and closing the achievement gap is exactly what Florida needs to reach the next level of education reforms that will benefit both our students and the businesses of our state.”

Robinson told the board in his interview Monday that he would not come in with his own agenda but be a listener.

"There is nothing new under the sun," Robinson said. "I am not arriving with new ideas but trying to identify what works and what doesn't work." More here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 10:48am]


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