The New York State Education Department’s Board of Regents is in Rochester.
1. Expose the Board to all key areas of USNY via site visits and presentations/discussion with consideration towards supporting the Regents reform agenda and Pathways discussion (how, for example, can libraries and museums support their own missions while also supporting districts and schools in college and career readiness?).
2. Generate reaction to the Pathways discussion with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) in particular. This would be done both via site visits and final panel before the Board on Tuesday.
Exposure does not necessarily bring about understanding and consideration does not necessarily lead to conclusion.
The final panel before the Board is a 40 minute town hall discussion with parents and community members that will take place from 10:30 AM until Noon at Monroe Community College. Given the time and place it is unsure exactly from whom the Board of Regents expects to provide the reaction to the Pathways discussion.
The Board of Regents and its Commissioner must begin to take responsibility for the process of education in New York State. They must take a more active role in the application and implication of process in education. Legislation is the key to reform and it is their duty to promote legislation that will lead to the educational success of our children.
They can advocate for mandated early childhood education, lower class size at the elementary level, payment of Contract for Excellence money, expeditionary learning for all children, the end of social promotion, and many more processes and programs that will actually work to provide a successful education for all children in New York State.
The educational success of our children should be the major concern of the Board of Regents and they should spend more than 40 minutes a year with the major stakeholders in education, parents and community members, to accomplish that purpose.
Accountability is a top down process and the NYSED Board of Regents is at the top of the list.
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