Albany – Assemblywoman Joan Millman has been named a member of the Assembly Standing Committee on Education, chaired by Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan.
The Education Committee evaluated over 500 bills during the 2008 legislative session and will tackle many critical issues this session, such as mayoral control of the New York City public school system and ensuring public education receives adequate funding in the 2008-2009 Budget. At her first meeting as a member of the Education Committee, Assemblywoman Millman listened to testimony from New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills about dismal state-wide graduation rates.
“From protecting funding for public education to mayoral control to special education, I have firsthand knowledge of the issues,” said Millman. “I look forward to taking an active role on this committee and sharing my expertise as a former educator.”
Throughout her career, Assemblywoman Millman has been a strong advocate for education. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Brooklyn, worked for many years as a public school librarian and eventually became a New York City Department of Education facilitator and coordinator for Districts 3, 4, and 15.
The Education Committee is sponsoring public hearings in each borough so concerned citizens can express their views on mayoral control of schools. Millman is encouraging all concerned parents, educators and advocates to attend the upcoming public hearing in Downtown Brooklyn. Brooklyn’s meeting will be held on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 10:00 am at the New York City Technical College Klitgord Auditorium located at 285 Jay Street. Attendees must pre-register with the committee by completing a paper form or on the committee’s website at http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/comm./Ed/20090119/