Statement of Mayor Michael R.
"It's my pleasure to congratulate Dr. David Steiner on being elected
by the New York State Board of Regents as the State Education Commissioner and
President of the University of the State of New York. Through his
much-heralded leadership at Hunter College's School of Education, he has helped
improve teacher quality in New York State, enhanced special education programs
and programs for immigrant children, and strengthened the training of principals
and other school leaders. We look forward to working closely with the incoming
Commissioner to raise educational standards and close the achievement gap
between minority students and their white counterparts in New York City and
statewide. There are few positions in public service that present such a
tremendous opportunity to positively and permanently affect the lives of so many
children. Commissioner Steiner now has one of these jobs, and I look forward to
supporting him in whatever way I can."
Statement of Schools Chancellor Joel I.
"David Steiner is a world-class educator and leader. He has been
a strong partner to the New York City school system during the last several
years and his commitment to public education is deep, informed, and
insightful. He understands the importance of teacher preparation, the use
of technology to enhance the instructional mission, and the importance of
holding everyone accountable for student achievement. The Regents chose wisely
and they deserve the gratitude of the entire State."