Gerard Robinson

The search for Florida’s next Education Commissioner is going past its deadline. The state board of education is disappointed with the current batch of 16 applicants. This is the same position the board found itself in during its last search a year ago.

Governor's Office

Florida Education Chief Gerard Robinson has become the latest agency head to resign. Robinson had been on the job for only a year. He’s been under fire for his handling of changes to the state’s FCAT test that resulted in lower grades for students and schools. But his decision to step aside at the end of August is also raising questions about the state’s leadership under Governor Rick Scott—and why more than 10 agency heads have left their jobs.

The Florida Board of Education has named Chancellor Pam Stewart to serve as Interim Education Commissioner until a new one is found. The board also plans to hire a firm to search for a new education commissioner.

“And we can make all suggestions of interest for candidates we’d like them to review to the search firm, they’d then go through the process talking to all of those people and then coming back with a list of candidates to interview."  Board Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan said she wants to get the search process started quickly.

Update 6:18 pm: The State Board of Education will meet Thursday morning to figure out how to move forward in the wake of the Resignation of State Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. The Board will meet via teleconference at 7 am.

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Gerard Robinson’s decision to step down at the end of August comes after a series of changes to the state FCAT test which led to a drop in scores, school grades and a public outcry.

The Florida Department of Education is following up on its controversial ranking of school districts. This time, the state agency will take it a step further, by releasing a comprehensive list of individual schools, rated best-to-worst according to how well students perform on the state’s standardized test. Lynn Hatter reports.

When the Department of Education released its ranking of school districts, Commissioner Gerard Robinson called it the first step in a two-step process.

Florida Department of Education

The Florida Department of Education has released a new ranking scale that rates school districts from highest-to-lowest.  Lynn Hatter reports the rankings are coming under fire from school district superintendents who say it’s not a fair way to look at how well students are doing.