Cuomo Forms Panel to Make 'Action Plan' for Education

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Declaring that “government has failed to do what government should be doing,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo moved to assert his influence over New York State’s education policy, appointing a former Citigroup chairman to lead a new commission charged with improving student performance.

The leader of the new panel, Richard D. Parsons, had also been the chairman and chief executive of Time Warner.

Mr. Cuomo, seated in his ceremonial office behind a placard that read “Putting Students First,” called for a “soup-to-nuts” review of the state’s education system. Among the topics he asked the panel to consider were teacher recruitment, school financing and the consolidation of school bureaucracies.

“I want a blueprint,” Mr. Cuomo said. “I want a report that can be translated into legislation, which can be translated and enacted into an action plan to make this state’s education system the best on the globe. Period. That’s what we’re looking for.”

Mr. Cuomo has made education an increasing priority. This year, he negotiated the creation of a more rigorous evaluation system for teachers, and he is currently trying to broker a dispute over whether the evaluations should be released publicly.

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