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New NY Education Reform Commission launches on May 21st in Albany

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the second phase of his New NY Education Reform Commission will officially launch on May 21st at the Huxley Theatre at the NYS Museum in Albany. The members of the Commission will hear from 4 experts on Innovative Solutions for Restructuring Public School Systems.

When Governor Cuomo convened the New NY Education Reform Commission in April 2012, he charged it with developing an actionable course of reforms to transform our public education system. In January 2013, the Commission presented its Preliminary Action Plan to the Governor, developed after extensive public engagement and a comprehensive review of the structures, operations, and processes of New York’s education landscape.

In its Preliminary Action Plan, the Commission proposed a number of evidence-based solutions to improve education for all students from cradle to career – including quality Pre-K, expanded learning time, Community Schools, Early College High Schools and performance incentives for master teachers in STEM.   The Governor adopted these recommendations as major policy positions in his 2013 State of the State address and signed them into law as part of this year’s Enacted Budget. 

Next week, the Commission will launch phase II of its work with a series of public symposiums around the state. We invite you to attend the first symposium, entitled “Innovative Solutions for Restructuring Public School Systems,” on Tuesday, May 21st from 12:30-3:30 PM in the NYS Museum’s Huxley Theater (located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany, NY). Commission members will hear presentations from national and local education experts about successful approaches to restructuring school systems to best meet the needs of students.

The New NY Education Reform Commission members will hear presentations from education experts about innovative, successful approaches to restructuring public school systems to best meet the needs of students:

  • Elliot Smalley, Chief of Staff for the Achievement School District, will discuss efforts underway to turnaround the lowest performing schools in Tennessee.
  • Michael Griffith, Senior Policy Analyst for the Education Commission of the States, will present on successful and innovative state strategies in restructuring school systems.
  • Dr. Jerry Weast (former superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools) will focus on reforming school district management at the county level based on the experience in Montgomery County, Maryland.
  • Daniel White, District Superintendent for the Monroe BOCES, will discuss the role and importance of Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to providing increased academic opportunities for students and financial efficiencies for school districts.

There will be a Q&A period at the end of the symposium; the first portion will be dedicated to questions posed by the Commission members to the presenting experts followed by an opportunity for the public to submit written questions addressed to the presenting experts.


Space is limited; please RSVP to: NYEducationReformCommission@exec.ny.gov (include your name and email address)


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