Lawmakers: Hempstead Monitor Law Marks ‘A Bright New Future for Hempstead Schools’

BANNER(Hempstead, NY) – State Sen. Kevin Thomas (D-Levittown) and Assemb. Taylor Darling (D-Hempstead) announced details of the newly-signed agreement to bring a monitor to the Hempstead School District at a Thursday afternoon press conference this week.

The new law, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday, will allow the State Commissioner of Education to appoint one monitor to provide oversight, guidance, and technical assistance related to the educational and fiscal decisions of the Hempstead School District, the board of education, and the Superintendent.

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Assemblywoman Taylor Darling, Senator Kevin Thomas, Hempstead residents, and advocates from New York Communities for Change gather in support of the new agreement to bring a monitor to Hempstead School District

“This rainy day marks a bright, new future for our Hempstead schools and our children,” Senator Thomas said before a group of residents and advocates gathered outside of the Hempstead School District administration building. “The monitor will work with the school board to keep the District on an upward trajectory to long-term stability and success. We owe it to the children of Hempstead to provide the best possible education.”

“With this legislation, we have a platform and an opportunity to work together to make sure Hempstead becomes a real-life fairy tale success story,” said Assemblywoman Taylor Darling.

Candidates for the monitor position are currently being interviewed. Once appointed, the monitor will be required to schedule three public hearings within the first 60 days. The public hearings will focus on state intervention, fiscal performance, and academic improvement.

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