Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher

April 30, 2012

"I am honored to have been asked by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as a member of the New NY Education Reform Commission. There is no doubt in my mind that New York has the capacity to lead the nation, if not the world, in ensuring a well-educated, productive citizenry with skills for the 21st century knowledge economy.

"New York’s education system must be seen as a continuum, where every individual and organization with a stake in the success of students is committed to working together to ensure achievement at home, in school, and in the workforce. SUNY brings a unique perspective to this task – we train the teachers who teach the students who come to our campuses to learn, ready or not. Only together can we provide every child with an opportunity for success, from cradle to career.

"Our state’s commitment to education is clear – we spend more per pupil than anyone else. The reality, however, is that the results don’t show it. By uniting higher education with early childhood, K-12, government, businesses, and communities, Governor Cuomo has established a commission that is certain to make a difference for generations of New Yorkers to come."

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