County School Board
District 7

Debra Lynne Robinson

  • Age: 61
  • City: West Palm Beach
  • Family: Married, three children
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • Medical degree, Howard University (1981)
  • Bachelor of science in biology, Michigan State University (1977)
    • Recent job: Retired internal medicine/primary care physician

    Previous races


    Palm Beach County school board (2000-present)

    Committees appointed to and serving on

  • Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
  • Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County
  • Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
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    Briefly highlight your key campaign issues and positions.
    1. I will continue to address safety issues including hardening of schools, training of staff and collaborating to address the mental health needs of students.
    2. I will continue my focus on equity in academics and opportunities for student and adult advancement. This includes professional development based on the needs of students, expansion of vocational education, increase in summer internships, entrepreneurial training, field trip expansion, enhancement of after-school programming as well as support for small business.
    3. I will increase the collaboration with parents, communities, agencies and nonprofits to meet the needs of students.
    Do you favor raising the school property tax by $150 million to not only cover art and special programs teachers, but also teacher raises and school security?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on the $150 million tax increase.
    The challenges and expectations continue to increase yet the state continues to underfund education and schools. We must address school safety including the physical hardening of schools. Teachers are not paid proportional to the importance of their role. In order to recruit and retain professionals we must move toward appropriate pay.
    Do you favor turning over school policing from the district’s force to the sheriff’s office?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on school policing.
    Our school police are a specialized unit that have embraced their unique role with young people. It is important that they use their presence and authority to redirect misdirected students. PBSO is specialized in addressing street criminality.
    Would you vote to approve a charter school that meets all legal requirements but would compete directly with district-operated schools?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on charter schools that compete.
    Charters were originally created to offer innovation and programming that did not exist in the regular public school system. I have taken the position for several years to oppose approval of charters that do not fill a niche for students. Charters that offer nothing new or different for students are unnecessary.
    Should adding choice programs or expanding grade levels at an individual school require board approval?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on choice programs requiring board approval.
    The board needs to annually review the big picture including high demand programs, geographic distribution, academic gains and long term opportunities for students so that we can direct resources where needed.
    Should principals have multi-year contracts, instead of annual contracts?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on principal contracts.
    Multi-year contracts, that have clear termination clauses, allow principals to make long term plans that benefit their students instead of focusing on annual school grades.
    Would you increase class sizes to free up money for teacher raises?
    How competitors responded:
    Explain your position on class sizes.
    The needs of students are so great and our expectations have increased so much that it is extremely difficult for teachers to give children the individual and small group attention that is needed in large classrooms.

    Competitors for this race

    Edwin Ferguson

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