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54329Speakers to testify release for NYC's Senate hearing on scho ol issues

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  • Leonie Haimson
    Oct 28, 2013

      Speakers to testify release for NYC’s Senate hearing on school issues

      Senator John Flanagan’s office released a final roster of speakers who will testify tomorrow at a New York State Senate hearing in New York City. 

      New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch will be on the hot seat to start off the hearing, the fourth — and final — event that Flanagan convened this fall to probe the merits of sweeping policies ushered by Tisch and the State Education Department in recent years. Tisch will be joined by SED Legislative Director Nicolas Storelli-Castro. 

      The next two spots go to United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew and city schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. 

      In all, 27 speakers are scheduled to testify. They include parents, advocates, researchers and teachers. The hearing is expected to cover a variety of issues facing schools, from state testing policies, to teacher evaluations, to privacy issues around student data. 

      Tomorrow’s hearing will take place tomorrow in the Senate Hearing Room at 250 Broadway in downtown Manhattan. It’s expected 

      Two rival advocacy groups are planning simultaneous rallies before the hearing gets started at 10:00 a.m. The first is being organized by New York City-based parent groups Class Size Matters and Change the Stakes, which have been critical of the state’s reforms. Starting at around the same time — and not too far away — will be advocates and parents from StudentsFirstNY, which lobbied for tougher state teacher evaluations, and Families for Excellent Schools, which organized a pro-charter school march across the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this month. 

      Here is the list of those expected to testify tomorrow, according to Sen. Flanagan’s office: 

      New York State Education Department/New York State Board of Regents
              Chancellor Merryl Tisch, New York State Board of Regents
              Nicholas – Storelli-Castro, Governmental Affairs, NYSED

      United Federation of Teachers
              Michael Mulgrew, President

      NYC Board of Education
            Chancellor Dennis Walcott

              Lisa Shaw
              Nancy Cauthen
              Karen Sprowal
              Jan Johnson

            Deborah Rayow, Vice-President, Core Curriculum and Credit Recovery,
              Ms. Nathalie Elivert, StudentsFirstNY
              Ms. Tenicka Boyd, StudentsFirstNY

              Leonie Haimson, Executive Director, Class Size Matters
              Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education

              Dr. Monty Neill, Ed.D., Executive Director, FairTest
              Marco Battistella, Member of the Steering Committee of Time Out From

      NYC Charter Schools
              James Merriman, CEO of the NYC Charter School Center

      Student Privacy
              Sheila Kaplan

      Council of School Administrators
              Ernest Logan, President
              Mark Cannizzaro, Executive Vice-President

      NY Alliance for Public Education/Save Our Schools
              Tracy Pyper, Co-Chair, NY Alliance for Public Education
              Rosalie Friend, NYS Information Coordinator, Save Our Schools

              John Owens, Teacher and Author
              Fred Smith, Retired Member of NYC Department of Education, Testing
              Nicholas Lawrence, 8th Grade Teacher and Educators 4 Excellence

      Special Education
              Stephen Boese, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association
      of NYS
              Ellen McHugh, Citywide Council on Special Education

      Higher Education
            Dr. Ruth Powers Silverberg, Ed.D Associate Professor, Coordinator,
            Post Master’s Advanced Certificate Program for Leadership in
            Education, College of Staten Island, CUNY



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