Testimony Before the New York Education Reform Commission
TASC President Lucy N. Friedman testified at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission hearing at Bank Street College of Education on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The hearing was a chance for commission members to hear directly from parents, teachers, school and community leaders regarding changes to the current state education system.
In her testimony, Ms. Friedman presented the ExpandED Schools model, the benefits of school-community partnerships, and ExpandED Schools' demonstrated results. The attached PDF contains Ms. Friedman's full testimony. Following is an excerpt:
"In ExpandED Schools, elementary and middle schools work with TASC to expand the time and ways kids learn. We do this by building an active, balanced learning day that gives students approximately 35% more learning time at 10% additional cost to the school day. By making better use of existing public funds, ExpandED Schools is affordable and will attract both new public and private investments. ...
"Governor Cuomo’s commitment to students, championed by the Board of Regents, and New York’s rich tradition of collaborative partnerships present an unparalleled opportunity to re-design the school day to meet the needs of students and parents. New York State has the opportunity to lead the country in the quest to expand the time and ways kids learn. We are pleased to propose ExpandED Schools as an education reform strategy that will deliver on New York’s promise to provide all our state’s students with a high-quality education that prepares them to contribute to a thriving New York State and become productive citizens in a global economy."