Chancellor Tisch to Step Down

After nearly 20 years on the New York State Board of Regents and serving as its leader since 2009, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch announced on October 26 that she will not run for reappointment to the board when her term ends in March.

In comments reported by Chalkbeat New York, Tisch had this to say about her tenure, “I say we disrupted stagnation. We disrupted complacency and we tried to imbue the system with urgency. I say we took critical steps to reignite and reinvigorate change.”

tischThat sense of urgency has proven to be too much too fast for most, and Tisch’s tenure has been a turbulent one to say the least. Commented SAANYS Executive Director Kevin Casey, “The time has come for a shift in many aspects – a back up on testing, a critical look at the implementation of the Common Core, and hopefully a reexamination of the evaluation system. A shift in leadership at this time makes sense and we hope that the new chancellor will recognize the need for policy shifts and lead New York education policy in a reflective, thoughtful, and collaborative manner. We wish Chancellor Tisch well and thank her for her years of service.”

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