Yesterday the NY Education Reform Commission held a public hearing at SUNY OCCC in Newburgh. The event was at Kaplan Hall, in the impressive meeting room that overlooks the Hudson. Between nine and fourteen commission members were present during the meeting, which ran from 1 PM to 4:45. There was an audience of about 100. NECSD attendees included Board President Fucheck, NTA President Art Plichta, and Executive Director of Instructional Technology Jensen. Jensen spoke in one of the panels.
After brief introductory remarks by Chairman Dick Parsons, a series of panelists sat, summarized the written testimony they had submitted, and answered questions. A broad range of topics were mentioned including school district consolidation, funding issues, too much standardized testing, the new APPR system (several speakers noted a gap between aspiration and implementation), the effect of poverty on students, cutbacks (some sound significantly more severe than the NECSD cuts), parent involvement in school, unintended consequences of rules and regulation, etc. One speaker even brought up the issue of Board of Education members who are former employees participating in contract negotiations and votes which affect themselves financially.
I'll create shorter videos featuring some of the presenters. For now here is a video of the whole event.
See also The Hall Monitor blog.