On April 30, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Bank Street President Elizabeth Dickey to serve on the state’s new Education Reform Commission. The Commission, established by executive order, is charged with reviewing and recommending improvements to the state’s education system.
In noting the importance of the Commission’s work, President Dickey stated,
It is an honor and privilege to represent Bank Street in these crucial education policy discussions. I look forward to participating on the Governor’s Education Reform Commission and believe that the work of the commission will help inform serious discussion in the state of New York regarding teacher assessment and the future of progressive education.
Along with President Dickey, the Commission’s twenty participants include former Citigroup Chairman (and Bank Street Trustees’ Dinner emcee) Dick Parsons; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; and several leaders of colleges and education organizations.
In announcing the Commission, Governor Cuomo noted,
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. [The 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.
The appointment comes at a challenging moment in state and national education policy making—particularly regarding the consequences of legally mandated standards-based teacher evaluations. The Governor recently expressed concerns about striking “an intelligent balance between the teacher’s right to privacy and the parent’s right to know and the public’s right