Tallahassee, FL - The Florida Legislative Black Caucus made the following statement regarding the selection of Gerard Robinson as Florida’s Commissioner of Education:
The twenty-four members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus (FLBC) welcome newly appointed Education Commissioner, Gerard Robinson to the Sunshine State. Commissioner Robinson comes to Florida after receiving a unanimous vote by the Florida Board of Education. He is nationally recognized as an education reformer and school choice advocate. It is the Caucus’ hope that Commissioner Robinson will focus on strengthening Florida’s public education system by working to revamp the FCAT, addressing the high school dropout rate and closing the achievement gap.
According to Education Week newspaper in 2010, Florida was ranked overall 5th in the nation, however our state received an “F” grade based on per-pupil spending. In Florida, education is a central obligation of the State; indeed the Florida Constitution makes it a “fundamental value” and a “paramount duty” to provide for the high quality education of all Florida children and we as a caucus are committed to doing just that.
“The Caucus recognizes that Florida’s public schools are facing a very difficult time and find themselves under attack on many fronts. Specifically as it relates to the recent cuts made within our public education system and the intervene status that a number of our schools statewide are facing. Members of the FLBC are ready and willing to work with the newly appointed Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson, and look forward to positive dialogue and visible results,” FLBC Chairwoman Representative Mia Jones stated.