Members of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s education commission heard from education professionals, students, parents and advocates Thursday in the Bronx. It was the first city hearing in a statewide tour soliciting feedback on how best to reform New York’s public education system.
At Stuyvesant High School, the school year ended on a negative note, with widespread coverage of a suspected cheating scandal. More than 80 students are suspected of communicating via text message about exams, and an investigation is ongoing.
Seeking to address complaints about the makeup of his new education reform commission, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has added five additional members to the panel in advance of its first meeting later this month. The commission now includes a parent advocate from Rochester, a newly elected school board member from the Adirondacks and a district superintendent from Central New York. The first meeting is scheduled for June 26.
Richard D. Parsons, a New York businessman, was named chairman of a new state education commission by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Panel members include Randi Weingarten, Geoffrey Canada and John B. King Jr., but no parent advocates.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced last month that he planned to create an education commission to look into student performance and school accountability. When he does, writes the C.E.O. of a nonprofit organization that provides academic experiences for children of low-income families, the commission should take a holistic and kid-centered approach, and “must have a deep commitment to social change — not just deep pockets.”
Diane Ravitch, a professor of education and frequent critic of the school reform movement, says New York state’s school system is in trouble. She poses seven questions for a commission that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will form to look into student achievement and school accountability.
Who will be on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s education commission? What will be its focus? When will it happen? The governor left many questions in the wake of his State of the State address on Wednesday about his intentions on this and other educational matters.
When Governor Cuomo lays out his priorities on Wednesday in his state of the state address, listen to the details of his proposals for a new state education commission, financial incentives to schools, more state aid, mandate relief and his intentions when it comes to teacher evaluations.
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