NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) has issued a press release in response to the announcement that NYS Commissioner of Education John King is resigning to accept a new position in Washington D.C. as advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan.
No one from NYSAPE is happy with the job that Commissioner King has done in New York as you will see from reading the comments in the press release John King Resigns: Parents & Educators Call for a New Direction from the Regents and Demand NO Interference from Governor Cuomo. However our focus now must be on who will become the next New York State Commissioner of Education.
Eyes from all corners of the Empire State now turn on Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, the Board of Regents, and the legislature to ensure the next commissioner represents the substantial change in direction that public school parents demand from a responsive government that serves the people. NYSAPE calls for the Regents to adopt an open, inclusive selection process and stresses the importance of input from parents, educators, and other stakeholder groups in appointing a Commissioner who will be more accountable to the public at large.
As parents are contacting their New York State legislators and Board of Regents members (contact info here) to request that parents are indeed included in the stakeholder groups involved in selecting the next Commissioner, we need to make sure that the NYS PTA is not the single group serving as the ‘parent voice’ because they are solidly behind the Common Core Standards and have consistently rejected member requests for resolutions against high-stakes testing. Read more about the NYS PTA and Common Core here.
Click here for additional information posted yesterday regarding Commissioner King’s resignation.