Mayoral Control After Bloomberg: Who Rules the Schools?
Speakers include Christopher D. Cerf, Deputy Chancellor for Organizational Strategy, Human Capital and External Relations, New York City Department of Education; Carmen Colon, Executive Director, Association of New York City Education Councils; Ernest A. Logan, President, New York City Council of School Supervisors and Administrators; Alan Maisel, Member, New York State Assembly (D-Brooklyn); and Merryl Tisch, Vice Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents. Samuel G. Freedman, columnist, On Education, New York Times, and professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, moderates the panel.
When Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, one of his top priorities was to repair the city's ailing public schools. The state gave him control of the school system five years ago and must soon decide whether to extend that power to future administrations.
Are the schools more accountable today? Are students and teachers more successful? Are parents more fully engaged? Are principals more effective? What is the track record of mayoral control - and should it continue after 2009?- The New School
Christopher Cerf is currently Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. Previously, he was a partner in the Public Private Strategy Group, which advises school districts pursuing comprehensive reform strategies. In that capacity, he served for a year as New York City Chancellor Joel Klein’s Chief Advisor on Transformation.
Carmen Colon is the Executive Director of the Association of New York City Education Councils.
Samuel G. Freedman
Samuel Freedman teaches journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of six nonfiction books and runs a renowned book-writing seminar each spring.
Joel Klein is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest public school system in the United States with over 1.1 million students in over 1,420 schools.
Prior to his appointment to Chancellor in 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Klein served as Assistant Attorney General of the United States in charge of the Antitrust Division.
Klein may be best remembered for prosecuting the United States Department of Justice anti-trust case against Microsoft. Before heading up the Antitrust Division, Klein was the deputy to Anne Bingaman, (the wife of Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico) in that office, and worked in the White House Counsel's office. He was in private practice for many years, specializing in appellate cases.
Klein received his B.A. from Columbia and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.
Ernest A. Logan
Ernest A. Logan was elected President of the New York City Council of School Supervisors and Administrators in November 2006 and began serving the union as President on February 1, 2007.
Alan Maisel represents District 59 in the New York State Assembly, which includes large portions of Southeast Brooklyn.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Maisel served as a member of Community Board #18. Prior to that he served as an Administrative Assistant to Congressman Charles Schumer and Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Frank R. Seddio, who preceded him in office.
He also served as the Assistant Director of the New York State Legislative Task Force on Reapportionment from 1972-1982.
Merryl H. Tisch was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents on April 1, 1996 and reelected to five year terms on April 1, 2001 and April 1, 2006.
She was elected Vice Chancellor by her colleagues effective April 1, 2007.
Andrew White is Director of the Center for New York City Affairs at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. He is a writer on New York City politics, government, neighborhoods and grassroots movements.
Carmen Colon, Executive Director of the Association of New York City Education Councils, criticizes the school system for being run by a chancellor with no experience in education and for discouraging input from parents on policy decisions.