Jenkins Selected Finalist for National Superintendent of the Year
Dr. Barbara Jenkins Named 2017 Florida Superintendent of the Year
Orange County Public Schools (OCPS)Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins was selected as Florida’s 2017
Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School
Superintendents (FADSS). Jenkins was
formally recognized today in Tampa during the joint meeting of FADSS and the
Florida School Boards Association.
is widely respected throughout Florida, not only by the superintendents of
Florida, but by all who know her and have had the opportunity to work with
her,” states FADSS President and Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas.
Adding, “Undoubtedly this high level of respect is a clear reflection of her
exemplary work ethic, and a true passion and
dedication to always make decisions that are in the best interests of
students,” adds Thomas.
OCPS Superintendent Barbara Jenkins appointed to National Board by President Obama
The Board works with the Institute of Educations Sciences or IES, the
statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the Department of Education
who’s mission is to “provide scientific evidence on which to ground
education practice and policy and to share this information in formats
that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers,
researchers, and the public.”
“Thank you very much. It is my honor to represent the great state of
Florida and to serve on behalf of students and public education,” said
Jenkins after getting the news. Jenkins has been Superintendent here in
Orange County since 2012, and is regularly mentioned in the conversation
for higher positions in public education and political office.
Editorial: Florida senators raise voices for public schools
A bipartisan group of state senators recently struck a constructive tone
on education priorities, vowing support for increased teacher pay and
less testing among other commonsense approaches. Championing public
schools shouldn't be a controversial or partisan issue, but too many
school choice supporters have framed the future of education as an
either/or proposition. That's a terrible way to craft education policy,
and it harms traditional public schools where most of the teaching and
learning still take place. And that's why it's so helpful for senators
to pledge they will be strong, vocal advocates for the system that
serves Florida's 2.7 million public school students.