Senate Standing Committee on Education

Chair: Senator John J. Flanagan

Public Hearing: Teacher Discipline

Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York

Time: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Contact: Robin Mueller (518) 455-2071

Media Contact: Robert Caroppoli (631) 361-2154

To seek input on the issue of improving the teacher discipline system throughout the state, Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, will be hosting a formal hearing on the topic in Albany.  The Committee will solicit testimony from interested parties to examine how New York State can reform the system to provide the appropriate discipline for educator misconduct as well as the appropriate protection of those wrongfully accused.

The hearing will provide an open and fair examination on the policies and mechanisms that can be used to accomplish these goals, as well as their impact on school children, taxpayers and the school system as a whole.          

Scheduled to testify during the hearing are New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, New York State Education Department Chief Executive Officer Val Grey, and New York State United Teachers Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta.  Testimony will also be provided by representatives from the United Federation of Teachers, New York State School Boards Association, New York State Council of School Superintendents, Conference of Big 5 School Districts, New York State Association of School Attorneys, Small City School Districts and Council of School Supervisors & Administrators.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the public hearing and submit written testimony.