Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Duplication Sucks:

The Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education
   The Board of Regents sets overall education policy for the State of New York and heads The University of the State of New York (USNY). While USNY has one main purpose - providing knowledge and skills to all - it carries this policy out in many ways.
{ This is identical to the Federal Department of Education }
   The Board of Regents includes 17 members elected by the State Legislature for five-year terms. Thirteen of the Regents represent the State's 13 judicial districts, one from each district, and four are at-large. (Judicial District III is currently vacant). The Regents serve without salary.
{ At the upper Managerial level, this is  135 : 17 = 13% of the Federal level}
{Let’s see the top 135 Managers at the Federal level work for free.}
   The Regents choose a Commissioner of Education who heads The State Education Department and also serves as the President of the University of the State of New York. Generally, the Regents set policy while the Commissioner has responsibility for carrying out policy.
{This is redundant to the Federal Department of Education}
{At a cursory glance, one would be very satisfied with the State’s ability to run their own Education system, without the “interference” of Federal mandates.}

 The University of the State of New York
  The University of the State of New York (USNY) is the most complete, interconnected system of educational services in the United States.
USNY includes:
v More than 7,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools;
v 248 public and private colleges and universities;
v 251 proprietary (for-profit) schools;
v Nearly 7,000 libraries including the New York State Library;
v 750 museums;
v The State Archives;
v Vocational rehabilitation and other services for adults with disabilities;
v Special education services for pre-school and school-age children and teenagers;
v A School for the Blind;
v A School for the Deaf;
v 25 public broadcasting facilities, including seven public television stations;
v More than 750,000 professionals practicing in 48 licensed professions, including, for example, pharmacy, architecture, accounting, and nursing; and
v 240,000 certified public school teachers, counselors, and administrators.
{Seems like this State has every thing to offer its students. It seems that this State has the capability of running an efficient program. And, I’ll just bet you that this State can do it “ahead of schedule, and under budget”.}
   Although these organizations are dedicated to maintaining and improving education, they usually work within their respective sector. Each entity of this educational system is both an official and organic component of the University of the State of New York. The challenge and the opportunity are for the sectors to work together as a whole bringing unmatched resources in people, information, facilities, technology, artifacts, and relationships to face educational issues of the twenty-first century.
{Not to shabby for  a departmental description and mission statement.}
{Why are we sending tax dollars to Washington to do what already exists at the State level?}

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