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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner to Hold "Conversation with the Commissioner"

Tallahassee - Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson will host the first in a series of community forums tomorrow in Tampa. The focus of the "Conversations with the Commissioner" series is to meet with parents, teachers and local communities to talk about education in Florida. State Board of Education Chair Kathleen Shanahan and Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia will also attend.

What: "Conversation With the Commissioner"

When: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
7:30 p.m.

Where: Hillsborough Community College
Dale Mabry Campus
Room 106
4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd.
Tampa, Fla.

About the Florida Department of Education: The department's mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit