Today, Chiefs for Change, an organization of chief state education officers committed to putting children first through visionary education reform, released the following statement regarding the resignation of Florida Education Commissioner, and Chiefs for Change member, Gerard Robinson.
“We are saddened to learn Chiefs for Change member Gerard Robinson will resign as Florida Education Commissioner at the end of this month. A true champion of education reform, Gerard has dedicated his entire career to strengthening public and private education through school choice and increased performance standards. He has served our students as a former teacher, president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and Education, and education chief in both Virginia and Florida. In each of his many roles, including those not listed, Gerard has worked tirelessly to create true change in the current education landscape to ensure future success for all children.
“As Florida’s education commissioner, he implemented increased standards to the state’s accountability system for the first time in a decade – carrying out a legislative directive from 2008 and modernizing Florida’s education system. Under his leadership, the state earned national recognition for accomplishments from early-childhood learning to post-secondary education.
“As Education Secretary of Virginia, Gerard was one of five founding members of Chiefs for Change. His contributions as a Chiefs for Change member and collaboration with other member states have made a significant difference in the continued advancement of proven education policies throughout the nation. His deep belief in the importance of preparing today’s students for college and careers has served as as driving force in all of his professional endeavors and as a member of this group.”