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Gerard Robinson


Gerard Robinson is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on education policy issues including choice in public and private schools, implementation of K–12 standards, innovation in for-profit educational institutions, and the role of community colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in adult advancement. Before joining AEI, Robinson served as commissioner of education for the State of Florida and secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), Robinson worked to ensure that children in low-income and working-class black families in several states and the District of Columbia were given the opportunity to attend good schools. Throughout his career he has evaluated the effects of reform initiatives on parental choice and student achievement, advocated for laws to improve delivery of teaching and learning, and published essays on how to make good policy to give all children a chance at a good job and future.

Published Articles & Media

School Reform Family Feud

Forum: Education Reform's Race Debate

A Different Kind of Military School

A review of "Strugglers into Strivers: What the Military Can Teach Us about How Young People Learn and Grow" by Hugh B. Price

A Supreme Hit to Charter Schools in Washington

Last Friday’s 6-3 decision by the Washington Supreme Court that declared unconstitutional a charter school law is an existential threat to the parental choice movement.

What Education Activist Campbell Brown Should Ask the 2016 GOP Hopefuls

Next week's Education Summit in New Hampshire will give voters a chance to learn about the Republican candidates' views on education.

Power to the People

A review of "The School Choice Journey" by Thomas Stewart and Patrick J. Wolf

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