Our Executive Director, Melissa Aase, has been appointed to Mayor de Blasio's Education Sector Advisory Council, which will help shape NYC's recovery from COVID-19. We'll be advocating for fairness and equity at every step.
A panel of education leaders and advocates appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to guide the city's reopening plans will begin meeting Wednesday.
The 45-member Education Sector Advisory Council is made up of parents, higher education officials, charter and religious school representatives, nonprofit and union leaders, and more.
The council is one of six that the mayor hopes will inform the city's COVID-19 recovery and reopening in more fair and equitable ways. They will meet weekly.
"It's very, very important that we think about everything that makes up life in this city," he said at a recent press conference. The councils will "help us understand what is needed to get this restart right."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed his own advisory council, partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to "reimagine" education in the state. That move sparked outrage here, especially after no current New York City educators were named to the group though the school system is the largest in the state, as well as the country. It was the latest snub traded between the governor and the mayor, whose long-running feud has continued to simmer even during the pandemic.