Runaway Reform: State of Public Education in New York State

Save The Date – Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm,

Ardsley Middle School Auditorium


“Runaway Reform: State of Public Education in New York State”


WestchesterForum1-23-14_(1)Please come hear our exciting panel of Public Education Advocates talk about recent education reforms, the impact on our students and our schools, and actions you can take as a concerned parent, community member and tax-payer. 

The New York Suburban Consortium for Public Education (formerly the Lower Westchester Education Consortium) and the New York State Allies for Public Education are very proud to present:

Dr. Kenneth Mitchell is the President of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents. Dr. Mitchell has been chairman of the group’s committee studying unfunded mandates (the many state rules and regulations that force school districts to raise and spend property taxes). Last year, Dr, Mitchell wrote a comprehensive paper for the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz that broke out the costs of the new reforms for public school districts. He’s been a strong voice of caution regarding the many reforms now changing the shape of public education in NY State, including the teacher-evaluation system, the new tests tied to the Common Core learning standards, and the planned on-line state tests.

Dr.Carol Burris is the Principal of South Side High School in New York. Dr Burris’s columns appear regularly on The Answer Sheet, a public education blog for The Washington Post.  She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals and, in 2010, was tapped as the New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the NY Principals’ letter of concern, signed by over 1,535 principals in our state, regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores.

Leonie Haimson is Executive Director of Class Size Matters, a non-profit parent advocacy group working for smaller class sizes in NYC and the nation as a whole.  She was a public school parent for 15 years, co-founded Parents Across America, and is a board member of the Network for Public Education, a national organization started by Diane Ravitch.   She led the first advocacy group in the nation to sound the alarm about inBloom’s plan to create a multi-state database to be stored on a vulnerable data cloud and has been called “the nation’s foremost parent expert on inBloom and the current threat to student data privacy.”

Bianca Tanis is a Hudson Valley parent and educator.  As a parent of a child with a disability and a special education teacher, she is particularly concerned about the devastating effects that the current education reforms have on students with disabilities. Bianca Tanis holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Master’s degrees in elementary and special education. She currently works as an elementary school special education teacher and is a co-founder of the advocacy group New York State Allies for Public Education.

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