Florida Legislative Black Caucus Statement on Florida’s Next Commissioner of Education

By: FL Legislative Black Caucus
By: FL Legislative Black Caucus

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.

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  • by Duh? Location: Tallahassee on Jun 27, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    Whats the problem this time? Minorities have had the same if not a better chance at an education and special preferences in obtaining federal, state, county, and municipal jobs. Many employed or promoted over more qualified white applicants. A large percentage of contracts are earmarked for MBE's. I'd like to add that some of the most slipshod work that I've seen provided was the result of such contracts. But it wasn't open to review because the Leon BCC and Operations Department heads were and are scared of any type of negative racial feedback. We just recontracted the work at additional cost to the taxpayers. Even the military gave them preference points on promotion. Have the minority classes became so used to the handouts that they can't function on a level playing field? It certainly appears that way.
  • by anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 at 10:42 PM
    Didn't know there is FLa. Legislative Black Caucus? How racist!! WE ARE ALL AMERICANS!!!!!!
  • by ddd Location: Tallahassee on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    I'm going to start a WHITE Caucus as well as a WHITE Collage Fund and a Miss WHITE America.
  • by ubetter Location: here on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:20 PM
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