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Contentious Plan Would Increase Regents’ Oversight Of New York Private Schools

Mike Groll
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, left, and Chancellor Betty Rosa listen to a speaker during a meeting of the Board of Regents in Albany in 2016.

The New York State Board of Regents is expected to decide in October whether to allow local public school officials to have the final say over education at private schools.

Proponents of the rule change say it will help give an equal, high-quality education to all of the state’s school-age children. 

Public officials would have a say as to what textbooks are used and how lessons are planned. 

Opponents say the rule change goes against everything private education stands for, and it could impact local taxpayers too, if more students enroll in public school as a result. 

Private schools are already required to follow state-run standardized tests to evaluate student ability and school performance. 

A similar rule change was blocked by the state Supreme Court earlier this year.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.