JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson announced his resignation from the head of the state's school system.
Robinson, who has been the head of Florida's education system since taking the job last year in August, submitted letters of resignation to Governor Rick Scott and to the State Board of Education Chair Kathleen Shanahan.
Over the past year since Robinson has been in the position, Florida has raised achievement levels for the first time in a decade and obtained a provisional flexibility waiver from the U.S. Department of Education from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Florida was one of the first 11 states to receive notification. The state also earned national recognition for accomplishments from early childhood learning to the Florida College System.
"The board is extremely grateful for Gerard's leadership this past year," said Chair Kathleen Shanahan. "He has worked with the board as we have raised standards for our students and our schools. He is a leader who embodies and understands the importance of education reform. We wish him the best as he makes the decision that is best for his own young children."
Commissioners Robinson's resignation is effective August 31. Chair Shanahan says the board will be working with the governor to identify a replacement.