NEWS FROM SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE MALCOLM A. SMITH

 

     

    “I want to be one of the first to thank Joel Klein for his commitment and

    dedication to our children during his tenure as schools chancellor. I can

    say from experience that no matter when I called he was always quick to

    respond or meet whether the issue was charter schools or public school

    safety. But like many New Yorkers I must admit I was  surprised by Mayor

    Michael Bloomberg's choice of Catherine Black as Schools Chancellor. While

    I am concerned that she does not have a background in education, I am also

    encouraged that she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from

    corporate America that can benefit our children. With the help of our

    teachers, who I believe are the best in the nation, our new schools

    chancellor will be challenged with reforming an antiquated school system

    that simply must do better if our children and country are to compete in

    the rapidly changing global marketplace of the 21st  century. And let's be

    honest, this is not an easy task. Former Chancellor Klein started the

    painful process of reforming our schools with the weight of full mayoral

    control. Now that work must be continued. While I am a staunch supporter of

    charter schools, our public schools must continue to receive the attention

    and resources to improve. This is not about pedigree or personalities but

    the ability to produce results for our children. I commend our new schools

    chancellor for taking on this difficult challenge of transforming our

    schools, students and test scores into the best in the nation. But more

    than wishing her good luck we must all accept this challenge of educating

    our children.”

     

      

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