Florida Department of Education commissioner resigns

Gerard Robinson submitted resignation Tuesday


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Department of Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson has resigned.

Robinson submitted his resignation on Tuesday.

In a letter to Gov. Rick Scott and State Board of Education Chair Kathleen Shanahan, Robinson said his family played into the decision.

"Living far away from my family has proven to be the one challenge all this progress could not overcome," wrote Robinson.

"The board is extremely grateful for Gerard's leadership this past year," Shanahan said in a news release. "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."

"I appreciate Gerard's service to the state of Florida and his commitment to ensuring Florida's students receive a first class education," Scott said in a statement. "He has been a tireless advocate for creating quality learning opportunities for all of Florida's students, and he will certainly be missed."

Robinson's resignation will be effective Aug. 31.