Governor Cuomo's newly formed Education Reform Commission met for the first time on Tuesday, July 26, and determined that they will strive to reach a "consensus" on a plan for improving New York State public schools.
In an op-ed published by the NY Daily News, Executive Director, Micah Lasher, calls on the commission to boldy confront problems and focus on improving teacher quality:
Incremental change won't help the countless children in New York State who aren’t getting a quality education. Our graduation rate is 39th in the nation; our per-pupil spending is tops. New York's students need Cuomo and this [newly formed state education reform] commission to boldly confront problems that have gone unaddressed for years precisely because they are controversial.