School of Public Affairs Hosts Education Conference

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BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY (6/10/03)—“Children First: Promises and Prospects”, a conference examining recent changes to the structure of New York City public education, takes place on Thursday June 12 in the 14th Floor Conference Center of the Newman Vertical Campus. Participants include New York City Deputy Mayor for Policy Dennis M. Walcott; New York City councilwoman Eva S. Moskowitz; Diane Lam, Deputy Chancellor for the Department of Education; and Jill S. Levy from the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA).

Although Mayor Bloomberg initially earned the backing of the teachers’ union during his electoral campaign by supporting new contracts and higher wages for classroom staff, his more recent proposals have drawn mixed reviews from observers of the city’s school system. Conference participants are expected to discuss such controversial topics as the Bloomberg administration’s plan to replace the community school district system with ten new instructional ‘divisions’, the retention of experienced administrators who are leaving the school system due to the myriad changes, and professional development efforts aimed at current teachers.

The conference will be divided into three broad sections—The Community, which focuses on parental involvement in the new Department of Education; The School, which addresses training initiatives for administrators, including the new proposed Leadership Academy for principals; and The Classroom, which tackles Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s call for a standard literacy and mathematics curriculum in city schools. Participants are invited to attend either individual or all sessions.

Children First: Promises and Prospects” is sponsored by the School of Public Affairs. Attendees should RSVP by calling 212-802-5735 or sending an e-mail message to spa_conferences@baruch.cuny.edu.