2008-12-05 / School News

Smith, Church Bring Ed Conference To Far Rockaway

By Miriam Rosenberg

State Senator Malcolm Smith's Education Advisory Committee and the Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway hosted the First Annual Education Conference - Part 1 last month.

Following his speech on mayoral control in city schools, Controller William Thomp- son stopped to speak with several residents before leaving the church. Thompson called the conference "an opportunity to have a discussion about what is good and what needs to be changed [in our schools] in the future." Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Following his speech on mayoral control in city schools, Controller William Thomp- son stopped to speak with several residents before leaving the church. Thompson called the conference "an opportunity to have a discussion about what is good and what needs to be changed [in our schools] in the future." Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The November 14 event included a panel discussion, workshops and an appearance by Comptroller William Thompson.

Other sponsors were the Center for Community Development and Education Reform and the African American/ Caribbean Education Association.

Smith, who said he would take suggestions made at the conference back to Albany when he returns in January, cautioned everyone that tough decisions would have to be made that are "critical to you and, more important, to the youngsters here, now," including finding "creative, innovative ideas to get more for the buck."

Senator Malcolm Smith opens the conference by saying, "There is nothing more important than making sure somebody gets an adequate education." Senator Malcolm Smith opens the conference by saying, "There is nothing more important than making sure somebody gets an adequate education." Those attending the conference broke up into afternoon workshops on topics that included standardized testing, No Child Left Behind, parent advocacy and mayoral control in city schools (pictured). Those attending the conference broke up into afternoon workshops on topics that included standardized testing, No Child Left Behind, parent advocacy and mayoral control in city schools (pictured). Among those taking part in the panel discussion about the current state of the city school system were Dr. Virginia Noville, the Better Education Through School Assistance; the Honorable Ernestine Washington, the American/Caribbean Education Association; Assemblywoman Michele Titus; and Ben Waxman, the Center for Educational Innovation Public Education Association and a former local instructional superintendent. Among those taking part in the panel discussion about the current state of the city school system were Dr. Virginia Noville, the Better Education Through School Assistance; the Honorable Ernestine Washington, the American/Caribbean Education Association; Assemblywoman Michele Titus; and Ben Waxman, the Center for Educational Innovation Public Education Association and a former local instructional superintendent.

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