MHSSC Joins in Addressing the Political, Financial and Legal Challenges of Pursuing a Sound Basic Education

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This year the Mid- Hudson School Study Council joined together with R.E.F.I.T. , Rural Schools Association and Statewide School Finance Consortium to co-host a breakfast at Rosie O’Gradys on Monday, October 27th, 2014, during the New York State School Boards Association Conference in New York City for 215 registered attendees. This year there was a scheduled panel discussion. The panel included Larry Levy, the Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Elizabeth Lynam, the Vice President and Director of State Studies at the Citizens Budget Commission, Michael Rebell, Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity and Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Teachers College. Unfortunately, Ms. Lynam had to withdraw from the panel due to a family emergency.

The event began with a welcome and introductions from Dr. Robert Dillon, Executive Director of MHSSC and R.E.F.I.T..  Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director of Statewide School Finance Consortium, offered remarks on our mission to secure a sound basic education for all children in New York. The moderator for the discussion was David Little, recently appointed Executive Director of the Rural Schools Association. The panelist spent a few moments sharing their respective experiences and how they related to K-12 public education. The balance of the program was spent by the panelist answering questions that were submitted by school board trustees and superintendents in attendance. The discussion concluded with the recommendation from the panel to the audience that advocacy efforts by public education stakeholders is effective and needs to be continued.