April 30, 2012
Gov. Cuomo Names AFT President to Education Reform Commission
“I know all the members of this commission share with me the desire to create public schools that enable students to achieve their dreams and ambitions.”
WASHINGTON—Today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo named American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to the New New York Education Reform Commission, which will have a broad mandate to explore solutions to long-standing policy debates surrounding the state’s education system. Weingarten accepted the post and released the following statement.
“I am honored to serve on Gov. Cuomo’s task force concerning the improvement of New York education so directly. I take to heart the governor’s call to not engage in blame or gamesmanship on what matters—ensuring that all children in New York have access to a high-quality public education.
“While we all bring different perspectives to the debate, this commission needs the voices of educators and parents. Our children deserve schools that build a culture of trust and collaboration among teachers, administrators and parents, and that value the voices of frontline educators who pour their hearts and souls into helping our children thrive each and every day. “I know all the members of this commission share with me the desire to create public schools that enable students to achieve their dreams and ambitions. The future of public schools and the success of our kids deserve our utmost effort. I look forward to working with the governor and this commission to achieve those goals.”
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.