Education Reform Commission Appointed

On Monday, Gov. Cuomo announced the creation of the New NY Education Reform Commission,  via Executive Order #44.  The commission will be chaired by Richard (Dick) Parsons, retired chairman of Citigroup.

The commission will make preliminary recommendations to the governor by Dec. 1, 2012, and final recommendations by Sept.1, 2013.

The commission “will examine the current structure of the state’s education system including teacher recruitment and performance, student achievement, education funding and costs, parent and family engagement, problems facing high-need districts, and the best use of technology in the classroom.” It will “also analyze the organization of school districts to ensure they are structured to meet the needs of New York’s students while also respecting the taxpayer.

Gov. Cuomo said “I don’t want a report that sits on a shelf. I want a blueprint that can be legislation that can enacted into an action plan.”

We are pleased to see that New York is committed to taking on the challenge to improve our state’s education system.  New York spends more money per student than any other state in the nation, yet we lag in high school graduation rates.  We can – and we must – do better.