Chairman Scott Congratulates Rodney Robinson, 2019 Teacher of the Year

WASHINGTON – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after Rodney Robinson was announced as the 2019 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Robinson is a social studies teacher at Virgie Binford Education Center inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center.

“I am proud to congratulate Richmond public school teacher Rodney Robinson, who was named 2019 National Teacher of the Year this morning. While Congress has a critical role in providing students, parents, and educators the resources they need to succeed, it is dedicated leaders like Mr. Robinson who are ultimately responsible for teaching and inspiring students every day in classrooms across the country.

“Mr. Robinson’s work is particularly important because it demonstrates the value of empowering juvenile offenders to see themselves as scholars, helps young people realize their full potential, and breaks the school-to-prison pipeline. I am grateful to Mr. Robinson for reminding us that all students – whether they attend class in a small rural community, a wealthy suburb, the inner-city, or the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center – deserve the opportunity that comes with a quality public education.”


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