Who Sets Education Policy in New York State: The Governor or the Board of Regents? Should Education Policy Reflect the Views of the Governor or Parents, Teachers and Principals?

Ed In The Apple

“We, the undersigned, have been empowered by the Constitution of the State of New York and appointed by the New York State Legislature to serve as the policy makers and guardians of educational goals for the residents of New York State. As Regents, we are obligated to determine the best contemporary approaches to meeting the educational needs of the state’s three million P-12 students as well as all students enrolled in our post-secondary schools and the entire community of participants who use and value our cultural institutions” (Comments by seven members of the Board of Regents)

The New York State Board of Regents is the oldest state education policy board in the nation, established in 1794 as part of the state constitution. The current 17-member board is “elected’ by a joint meeting of the State legislature. The selection as Regents was an honorific, a reward for long service in…

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