ALBANY – The New NY Education Reform Commission, bringing together nationally-recognized education, community, and business leaders to recommend reforms to the state's education system was announced Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The goal of the Commission is to improve performance in the classroom so that all of New York’s students are fully prepared for their futures.
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. The Commission 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.
"It is essential that we give New York students the knowledge and the tools to compete and to thrive in this highly competitive global economy," Cuomo said. "The New NY Education Reform Commission brings together educators, business, labor, non-profit leaders, and proven innovators to take a close look at our state's schools and come up with a blueprint for their future success. An effective education system leads to strong communities and a healthy economy, as well as ensuring that our students are properly educated and trained to enter the workforce. The future of our state depends directly on how well we teach our kids today and I look forward to working together with the Commission to make our public schools the best in the nation."
Richard (Dick) Parsons, Retired Chairman, Citigroup, and Chair of the New NY Education Reform Commission, said, "The next generation of New York’s students will not be able to compete in the global economy unless we dramatically reform our schools. To take on this task, Governor Cuomo has brought together top education and business leaders from across the country to help build an effective education system that puts students first and holds schools accountable for the results they achieve and the dollars they spend. I thank the Governor for his leadership and for convening this commission."
New York State spends more money per student than any other state in the nation, but ranks 38th in high school graduation rates. 73 percent of New York’s students graduate from high school and 37 percent are college ready. To address these major shortcomings in the state’s education system, Governor Cuomo called for the creation of the New NY Education Reform Commission in his 2012 State of the State address.
The Governor signed an Executive Order creating the Commission, and tasked the members with the following objectives:
- Find ways to improve teacher recruitment and performance, including the teacher evaluation system
- Examine education funding, distribution and costs
- Increase parent and family engagement in education
- Examine the problem of high-need and low-wealth school communities
- Find the best use of technology in the classroom
- Examine New York’s education system to ensure it meets the needs of students while respecting the taxpayer