Gibson, Chris
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Congressman Gibson Meets with Capital District School Boards Association

Washington, Feb 7 -

Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20) met today in his Washington, DC office with representatives from the Capital District School Boards Association.  Board members from different Capital Region Schools attended the meeting to discuss their views on K-12 public education and federal initiatives and funding.

“Today’s meeting was a productive and informative session with local school boards.  It gave me the opportunity to listen carefully to their concerns as we approach re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) later this year. ” said Congressman Gibson.  “We certainly share a view that the federal government should roll back unfunded mandates and empower local school boards, administrators, teachers, parents and students.  The ‘No Child Left Behind’ and ‘Race to the Top’ initiatives were well-intentioned, but they have created a climate that leads to ‘teaching to the test’ and under-values our building trade skills and other technical career paths.  These are critical to revitalizing our manufacturing base and ensuring we can comprehensively compete in the 21st century global economy.  Let’s recognize that and change course now.  I am sharing these perspectives with the Committee on Education and the Workforce and look forward to working with all of our education professionals as this process moves forward.”

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Attendees at the meeting were: Jeanne Sosnow, President of the Capital District School Boards Association ; Robert Gibson, Questar III board president, Tech Valley High board member; Rose Surman, Capital Region BOCES board member; Lynne Lenhardt, Bethlehem School Board member, Capital Region BOCES board member, and NYS School Boards Association Area 7 Director; Kelly Lappan, Arlington Central School District (Dutchess County); Edward McCormick, chairman of the National School Boards Association’s National Black Caucus of School Board Members, Arlington Central School District board member,  and president of the Dutchess County BOCES.