John B. King, Jr
November 19, 2012
Around Town by Neal Tepel
State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced the creation of the Commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council. The Council, formed in collaboration with New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), will meet periodically to discuss on-going education issues, in particular, the progress of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda.
The Council consists of teachers recommended by NYSUT as well as teachers recommended by the New York State Charter Schools Association, nonpublic school teachers, the three most recent New York State Teachers of the Year, National Board Certified Teachers, and several appointments by Commissioner King.
"Our goal is to make sure every student in New York graduates ready for college or a career," King said. "The Council will help us stay on track toward that goal and NYSUT’s strong support of the Council will help make sure it’s a success.
"NYSUT thanks Commissioner King for hearing our concerns and establishing this Advisory Council as a way of bringing the voices of classroom teachers directly into the conversation about the path forward for New York’s public education system," said NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira. "By listening to what’s working – and what still needs work – the State Education Department and the Regents will be able to more successfully implement policies benefiting students and schools."