Statement of Chuck Dedrick, Executive Director of NYSCOSS, on the Appointment of Dr. Betty A. Rosa as Commissioner of Education

Februrary 8, 2021


Robert Lowry, Deputy Director
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Albany, NY - The New York State Council of School Superintendents commends the Board of Regents for their action making Dr. Betty Rosa the permanent commissioner of New York’s State Education Department. We congratulate her upon her selection.

As Interim Commissioner and Chancellor during an exceptionally challenging time, Dr. Rosa has been a steady leader for the department and a steadfast partner for school superintendents. We appreciate her frequent acknowledgment of the heroic work being done by our members and their colleagues in schools across our state during this time.

As a one-time fellow superintendent, principal, teacher, and bilingual paraprofessional, Dr. Rosa knows from on-the-ground experience how state actions affect the work that schools are called upon to do every day and how those actions the chances for them to be successful on behalf of the children they serve.

Throughout her career, Dr. Rosa has been a champion for giving all children, whatever their circumstances, the opportunities and resources they need to thrive in school and in life beyond school. We have enjoyed a productive relationship with Dr. Rosa and we are committed to doing all that we can to help her succeed on behalf of all children in her new permanent role as leader of our state’s education system.