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In a joint session of the State Senate and Assembly, legislators voted to approve three new Regents: Kathleen Cashin, James Cottrell, and James Jackson.
Cashin, whose nomination to the Brooklyn seat I wrote about last week, is a prominent former Department of Education official and a quiet critic of some of Mayor Bloomberg's education policies.
When I first met Dr. Cashin, I was introduced to her by some of the educational leaders in my community.
I was with two parents.
One looked at her and said, "She looks mean, like she might be a fighter.
The other parent said, "No she looks saintly like she might be a nun.
The Assembly and Senate, in a joint session of the Legislature, also elected Kathleen M. Cashin, James E. Cottrell, M.D. and James O. Jackson to the 17-member board.
"The return of Chancellor Tisch and Anthony S. Bottar and addition of Kathleen M. Cashin, Dr. James E. Cottrell and James O. Jackson to the Board of Regents will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this panel in its effort to help ensure all students receive a quality education," said Nolan (D-Queens).
Kathleen M. Cashin has served the students of New York City for over 40 years.
She has been a teacher at Holy Innocents School and P.S. 299, principal at P.S. 193 (The Gil Hodges School), superintendent atCommunity School District 23, and regional superintendent for Region 5 in New York City.Cashin is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and New York University, and a clinical professor at FordhamUniversity.She was named "Distinguished Educator of the Year" by the New York City Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and has been a member of the Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning's senior team, which has been responsible for instructional changes across the city.Cashin received her Masters of Science in Education from Brooklyn College and her Doctor of Education fromFordham University.She will serve as a Regent for the 2nd Judicial District.
Kathleen Cashin, a professor at Fordham University and former school support network leader, has been nominated for the Brooklyn position on the New York State Board of Regents, according to several Brooklyn members of the State Assembly.
The 17-member board acts as a powerful school board for all of New York State, setting policy on graduation requirements and, more recently, commissioning an overhaul of the state's standardized tests.
It's not clear how Cashin's likely appointment - she is expected to be confirmed at a joint session of the Senate and Assembly next week - will affect the board's dynamics.
Dr. James Cottrell, Kathleen Cashin, and James O. Jackson will each serve five-year terms.
Cottrell will serve as a Regent-at-large, while Cashin and Jackson will represent the 2nd and 3rd Judicial Districts, respectively.
Cashin has worked in the New York City school system for over 40 years.
She has taught in both Catholic and public schools and served as a principal, superintendent, and regional superintendent.Currently, she is a clinical professor in the education department at Fordham University.
"The first priority for me is to be a good listener and learn how to be a good regent," she said.
"I'm going to be for the kids 100 percent.
I have a lot of experience working with children, so I plan to share my experience and my knowledge, but I intend to keep learning as well."
As someone who will have to regulate an educational system under severe financial strain, Cashin shared her thoughts on the budget crisis facing the state's schools.
"Broadly speaking, I think the principals really need to analyze their staff, and look at their ability to deliver services to the children in the most effective way they possibly can.
Having collaborative discussions between the principals and staff is important," she said.
At this early stage in her service, though, Cashin said she was hesitant to lay out concrete goals for her service.
"Once we get into this I will be specific about my priorities, but right now it's premature," she said.
"Dr. Jackson, Dr. Cashin, and Dr. Cottrell round out the work of the board very well," Tisch said, "and we are delighted to welcome these three new colleagues."
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