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Letter from Dan Walsh to the Chancellor of the Board of Regents in support of the Career and Technical Education proposal.

February 2, 2001

The Honorable Carl T. Hayden
Chancellor
The New York State Board of Regents
303 William Street
Elmira, New York 14901

Dear Carl:

I understand that the Regents are going to be voting on a Career and Technical Education proposal this month. I would like to reiterate The Business Council’s support for the five Regents exams for all students. We also support the flexibility the proposal before you offers in terms of course taking and content requirements.

Anything less for Career and Technical Education students would be doing these students a great disservice. I understand that there is the issue of students who are struggling to meet these new higher standards. That issues needs to be dealt with -- but not by sending them to a CTE program that offers them less. Students who may gravitate to a more “hand-on experiential approach to learning” should not be regarded as less intelligent than those who easily grasp more abstract learning. I have every confidence that our education system can educate all students to the higher levels demanded by post-secondary education and the workforce. If we back off on the Regents requirements for CTE students we are in effect saying we can’t educate all students to the higher standards.

The world of work is growing ever more complex. A broad background of academics, combined with work skills to varying degrees of specialty, is important for everyone. New York State has an outstanding education system because of the steadfastness of the Board on these matters of higher standards. You have our complete support for the CTE proposal before you.

Sincerely,

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