ALBANY, N.Y. March 7, 2016 — New York State United Teachers today praised the selection of three new Regents with significant public education experience who can help end the era of test-and-punish and forge a new path for public education policy that respects the voices of students, parents and educators.
“We welcome the selection of Luis Reyes, Nan Mead and Elizabeth Smith Hakanson to the Board of Regents and look forward to working collaboratively with them as we seek to end the harmful over-testing of students; help create new and better standards; and work toward developing a fairer and more meaningful evaluation system,” said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. “The Regents and State Education Department have before them a 21-point blueprint from the Common Core Task Force on the work ahead. We expect it to be implemented with fidelity.”
NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta said, “We thank legislators for listening to the concerns of students, parents and educators. We are encouraged that the three Regents selected today appear to have a clear understanding of what works in public education and, more importantly, what doesn’t work and has been soundly rejected by parents and educators.”
NYSUT Vice President Catalina Fortino, a Common Core Task Force member who works closely with the Regents and State Education Department, said much more work needs to be done.
“We are not anywhere near finished. In fact, we have just begun. In partnership with parents, we will continue to relentlessly fight to fix the state’s broken testing and evaluation system and ensure that teaching and learning take clear precedence over standardized testing,” Fortino said. “The Regents and State Education Department must press forward with the immediate changes that parents and educators know are necessary to restore trust and confidence and bring the joy of teaching and learning back to our classrooms.”
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.