Bank Street’s Government Relations program is a team effort, involving many trustees, faculty and staff. Our team has been successful in recent years in increasing Bank Street’s engagement in educational policy. Today, we continue to work to improve the visibility and effectiveness of the College at policy and legislative tables in Washington, New York City, and Albany.
October 16, 2012 — The New York State Education Reform Commission, established by executive order of Governor Andrew Cuomo, is charged with reviewing and recommending improvements to the state’s education system. Bank Street's President Elizabeth Dickey is among the Commission's twenty members. On October 16, Bank Street hosted one of three public hearings designed to provide the commission with valuable insights from all stakeholders, including elected officials, school leaders, teachers, nonprofit and corporate leaders, and parents.
September 21, 2012 — Bank Street, in collaboration with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), held a congressional briefing in Washington, DC, on educative assessment, a new approach to ensuring high performance of school principals. At the briefing, Dean of the College Jon Snyder discussed the importance of evaluations that do more than just measure performance but actually help support principals to get better at their jobs.
- Farhad Asghar presented Bank Street’s Liberty LEADS program at a meeting on May 23rd of the Interdepartmental Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program, which was attended by Attorney General Eric Holder and representatives of the Secretaries of HHS, Education and HUD. Please read about the meeting on the OJJDP website.
- On May 25th, John Borden represented the College at an event for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held at the home of Senator Mary Landrieu (D, La) where he also met New Hampshire Senator Jean Shaheen, who had been a high school English teacher before entering politics.
- On June 1st Farhad Asghar and John Borden met with the, Assistant Secretary of Labor and head of the Employment and Training Administration, who was accompanied by the National Director of Job Corps.
- On June 3rd at Bank Street, we hosted a briefing session on early learning for several of Governor Cuomo’s advisors who were seeking information that might help shape a New York State application in the Race to the Top Early Learning competition. The Governor’s press release announcing the state’s intention to apply for a $100 million Race to the Top Early Learning grant includes a comment from Bank Street’s president:
- On June 21-22, Gradate School faculty Peggy McNamara and Denise Prince and GSE student Tracie Benjamin went to Washington for the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)’s Annual “Day on the Hill.”Incoming Dean of the Graduate Faculty Virginia Roach joined Bank Street’s team, which was led by Kristin Conklin and Anne Dowling, in visits with New York congressional staffers. For the second year in a row, Bank Street fielded one of the largest groups to participate in the AACTE initiative.
- On June 30th we organized a roundtable on early childhood education (ECE) issues for senior staff of Senator Gillibrand’s New York office. The roundtable included Interim Dean Virginia Casper, Associate Dean Nancy Gropper, director of Bank Street Head Start programs Steven Antonelli, Bank Street alumna Susan Ochshorn (a well-known ECE policy analyst and advocate whose blog appears in the Huffington Post), and John Borden.