The stunning success of the test-refusal movement in New York is a vote of no confidence in our state educational leadership.
Even as the numbers showed clear dissatisfaction with the path and pace of education "reform" in New York, Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch downplayed the opt-out movement, and painted parents as confused patsies of a labor action, a misreading of the facts.
The Board of Regents sets educational policy for our state. The board needs a strong leader who is willing to guide education policy, communicate the mission clearly and stand up to meddling politicians. Merryl Tisch should cede leadership of the board and allow a fresh start for the board, and for education policy in New York.
Read the whole editorial - it's a scathing indictment of Tisch's failure as a leader.
In particular, they call her out for being Cuomo's lapdog instead of acting in the best interests of the people of this state.
They also note how time and again, she fails to listen to parents and teachers and continues to impose the state's reform agenda.
Tisch enjoys the support of many editorial boards around the state so I doubt she'll accede to LoHud's call here.
And the LoHud editorial page has not been a supporter of many of the reforms Tisch and the Regents have imposed over the years.
Still, it's extraordinary that they're calling her out in public like this.
One more symbol for why Tisch's time in charge is almost done.
Her buddy Shelly Silver's under indictment, she's lost allies on the Board of Regents, many parents and teachers despise her, and now we have the Journal News calling her Cuomo's lapdog and demanding she step down.