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Press Release

Friday, December 3, 2010

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Statement By: Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith Regarding Ron Blocker named as the 2011 Florida Superintendent of the Year

“I would like to congratulate Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Ron Blocker on receiving this prestigious award. Mr. Blocker is a true leader and has displayed a tireless dedication to students throughout his accomplished career. This honor went to an educator who believes that every student has the ability to succeed if given access to high quality and demanding educational opportunities.”

“During my time with Orange County Public Schools, I had the privilege of seeing firsthand Mr. Blocker’s ability to inspire students, teachers, parents, and all education stakeholders in his community. During his 10 years of leadership, Orange County has experienced skyrocketing graduation rates and Advanced Placement participation. Mr. Blocker remains focused on improving student performance and increasing learning gains for every student in his district.”