On October 11, 2012, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund testified before the New York State Education Reform Committee on behalf of our school district. Dr. Hunderfund was one of a number of speakers, joined in attendance at the hearing by Board of Education members, parents, community residents, and faculty members. In fact, it appeared that LVCSD had more representatives in attendance than any other Long Island school district.

The Education Reform Committee, organized by Governor Cuomo, has a broad mandate (see below for the actual charge to the committee) to make recommendations to improve the education system.

Dr. Hunderfund expressed serious concerns regarding costly, unfunded instructional mandates, which continue to be imposed by the state on all school districts – including those whose students are already achieving at extremely high levels. She noted that New York State recently named every Locust Valley CSD school as a Reward School: the only district in Nassau County and one of only ten in the state to have all of its schools receive this designation. In addition, she documented that Newsweek, The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report all rank Locust Valley among the best high schools in the country, lending credence to the notion that these costly unfunded mandates are actually harmful to the quality of education in Locust Valley, and to taxpayers who have to bear the financial burden. Compliance with these unfunded mandates will ultimately force the elimination of meaningful, educationally valuable programs and drive the tax burden higher.

Dr. Hunderfund’s testimony to the committee can be read by clicking here.

The charge of New York State Education Reform Committee:

“Examine the current structure of the state's education system through the lens of what is in the best interest of students. The Commission shall comprehensively review and assess New York State's education system, including its structure, operation and processes, with the goal of uncovering successful models and strategies and developing long-term efficiencies that will create significant savings while improving student achievement and providing students a high-quality education. The Commission will explore best practices and models from other states and nations that could be implemented in New York.
The Education Reform Commission will make recommendations for improving our education system. The Commission will study ways to strengthen teacher recruitment and performance; improve student achievement; increase parent and family engagement; use technology in the classroom; help high-need and low-wealth school communities; and manage educational funding and costs.