Constituent policy

Mayor Adams Announces New Appointments to Education Policy Panel

New York Mayor Adams announced the appointment of nine new members to the Panel of Educational Policy (PEP) on March 22, in line with his plans to improve New York’s public school system.

Adams named Dr. Vasthi Acosta, Tom Allon, Reverend Dr. Kathlyn Barrett-Layne, Gregory Faulkner, Dr. Angela Green, Anthony Lopez, Alan Ong, Karina Taveras and Gladys Ward as his PEP appointees.

The new members were chosen taking into account their experience in education. The new appointees also have a wide range of experience in school administration, education policy, the private sector and, most importantly, first-hand knowledge as parents.

“Parent and community engagement is an essential part of my vision for education in New York, and that’s why I’m excited to begin what I know to be an effective and successful partnership with panel members. announced today,” said Mayor Adams. . “I’ve said it over and over again: if we don’t educate, we incarcerate, and so this panel will be critical in helping to ensure that our young people have all the tools at their disposal to succeed in life.”

The PEP, which replaced the Board of Education in 2002 and is part of the city’s governance to maintain public schools. It was created pursuant to New York State Education Law and is responsible for approving policies, standards, and goals that directly align with academic achievement.

In addition, the PEP is responsible for major budget changes, departmental contracts, and school use, as well as compliance with the Department of Education Chancellor of Schools regulations.

“The best decisions are made when everyone is at the table, and this panel represents invaluable experience that will be essential as we reimagine our schools,” said New York City Department of Education Chancellor, David Banks. “I look forward to partnering with each new PEP member in the work of improving educational outcomes for our youngest New Yorkers.”