Florida education chief, Gerard Robinson, resigns after just a year

11:47 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida (AP) - Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson is resigning after just a year in the position.

Robinson gave no reason for leaving in letters of resignation he submitted Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott and State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan.

The letter included a list of accomplishments, but Robinson wrote only that he was resigning effective Aug. 31, "after much contemplation and discussion" with his family.

The board, not Scott, appoints the commissioner, but the governor gave Robinson his enthusiastic support after pressuring his predecessor to resign.

Florida officials courted Robinson, who had been Virginia's education secretary for only a year before he took the Florida post.

His tenure in Florida has been marked by glitches in the state's school grading system and standardized test scoring.


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