Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Hosts NYS Education Commissioner David Steiner at 2010 Education Forum

Steiner to focus on timely education issues and respond to public questions
April 22, 2010

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is inviting the public to attend her 2010 Education Forum on Thursday, April 29th from 7-9:00 pm at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor. New York State Education Commissioner Dr. David M. Steiner will speak about goals and priorities for education in New York State, changes that are in the works for standards – statewide and at the federal level – discussions taking place about state tests, the federal “Race to the Top” competition, sharing and consolidation of schools and services, mandate relief, special education and early childhood education, and higher education.

“It is so important that even in these tough financial times, we continue to keep our educational system top-notch. Obviously we need to be more creative about how we do that when the money is not in place to fund everything we would like to do or think we should do,” said Assemblywoman Galef. “I am very grateful that the new Commissioner is coming to my Assembly District to discuss this issue of paramount importance for all New Yorkers and specifically to field questions and address the ideas and concerns of my constituents.”

Commissioner Steiner said: “I appreciate the invitation from Assemblywoman Galef to visit her district and discuss some of our priorities for education in the state. I look forward to hearing from education professionals as well as parents, businesses, and community members on ideas for collaboration as we move forward to improve educational outcomes for all students in New York."

Many local groups are co-sponsoring the forum, including Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, school districts including Croton-Harmon, Carmel, Garrison, Ossining, and Peekskill as well as the Westchester Putnam School Boards Association, Westchester East Putnam Region PTA, Pleasantville Special Education PTA, League of Women Voters of Westchester, Westchester County Association, Business Council of Westchester, and the New York Association of School Psychologists.

The public is encouraged to attend Galef’s Education Forum 2010. For questions or directions, contact Galef’s district office at (914) 941-1111 or e-mail