Friday, October 02, 2009

New Education Commissioner Sworn In

David Milton Steiner replaces Richard Mills who retired in June.

Described as a "thought leader" by Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch


SCATS ~~ A thought leader? Does that mean he just thinks he's a leader? Sounds like more mamby pamby union-soothing muttering.


Anonymous said...

I read the article and it looks like he can finally dust-off that degree he got decades ago in political science lmao! Mom and dad would be so proud.

He's just going to be another mouthpiece for the teachers unions. God help NY's students.

Anonymous said...

What has our Education Commissioner done for us in the last 10 years? Watered down Regents? Yup. Kept the heat off teacher performance? Yup. All the focus is on the kids because the unions control education in New York. What a joke.

Anonymous said...

You all should do some research before you start making accusations or statements about the role and responsibility of the Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Mills was NOT popular with teachers unions -- do some research. He wanted to do away with tenure and advocated for more stringent accountability procedures, including the use of test scores to evaluate teacher performance. You don't have a clue what you're talking about.

SCATS said...

To 3:07PM ~~ I'm aware the unions weren't too happy with Mills. However, I think what he hoped to accomplish and what he actually did accomplish are pretty far apart. Mills raised NY state standards and put the full onus of achievement on the students. To me, that's ignoring the elephant in the living room. Of course, he was impotent to do much when it came down to the unions. He couldn't make teachers accountable, so he attempted to make the students accountable. What's really changed is that now everyone blames the parents.

Anonymous said...

He tried to make the unions/teachers accountable -- unfortunately, NYSUT is very powerful for all the wrong reasons. NYSED is truly a bureacracy of the worst kind and the political minefields that they have to negotiate to get meaningful and substantive change are numerous. I agree with what you have said -- totally. I just wanted to point out that some of the earlier comments placing full blame on the Commissioner are misguided to a degree.

Charlie Hubbard said...

Lets tell it like it is.
The #1 problem with public education is MONOPOLY

#2 are school boards who approve 'do nothing' 'give-away' 'worthless' contracts that do not hold people accountable for the product being produced.

When you hear someone talk about 'more spending' as a solution - get away from those people as fast as you can - it is a lie.