Alton Robinson

Alton Robinson (December 29, 2012)

Aug. 5

I celebrated the news that Commissioner Gerard Robinson had resigned. It's going to take the Board of Education a long time to clean up the mess he left behind.

I pray Florida will choose a successor who will take into account the views of school administrators, teachers, parents and students. No longer should we have to deal with his "my way or the highway" approach to education and accountability.

While watching the Olympics' women's gymnastics last week, I fully understood how Jordyn Wieber felt in her failed attempt to advance to the all-around event. I equate that to a student who failed the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test reading or writing exam. An athlete or student spends a lifetime preparing for this one test that will decide the future.

Students who fail the FCAT reading test are directed to remedial reading and are not allowed to choose another needed advanced-placement or honors course for graduation. Now they are behind their peers. I thought this was all about not ¿leaving a child behind.

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Alton Robinson of Orlando retired this year as manager of telecommunications at Orlando International Airport. He enjoys reading, sports and supporting his son’s volleyball activities both in and outside of school.