Did Chancellor Tisch Violate the Law and Hijack Public Education Policy?

Bianca Tanis


On December 18th, just days after the Board of Regents held their last meeting of 2014, Director of State Operations Jim Malatras penned a letter on behalf of Governor Cuomo. Addressed to the NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and NYS Commissioner of Education John King, the letter posed a series of pointed questions regarding teacher evaluation and education policy. The Chancellor’s response to this letter would later become the basis for the sweeping and damaging education reforms attached to the 2015 budget by the Governor and voted into law several weeks later.

On December 31st, 2014, Chancellor Merryl Tisch responded to Jim Malatras and the Governor with a twenty-page letter co-signed by Elizabeth Berlin as “Acting Commissioner of Education” although her tenure in this position would not begin for several days. In her response, Chancellor Tisch outlined recommendations that the Governor eliminate the use…

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