John DeFrancisco’s bill would abolish NY Board of Regents

State Sen. John DeFrancisco has introduced a bill that would abolish the state Board of Regents, the 17-member panel that oversees almost every aspect of education in New York.

DeFrancisco, R-DeWitt, who filed as a candidate for governor last week, followed up his campaign announcement by singling out the Board of Regents as an example of wasteful government spending.

“You’ve got to operate more efficiently as far as education,” DeFrancisco said in an interview on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom. “It just seems to me that we’ve got to tackle once and for all the administrative burden that the state of New York places on schools.”

DeFrancisco’s bill (S7637) would abolish the unsalaried board and transfer its powers to the state’s education commissioner. The 17 members are reimbursed only for travel and expenses related to their official duties.

DeFrancisco said by reducing regulatory burdens imposed by the Regents he sees potential to help cuts costs and reduce the state’s budget deficit of $4.4 billion.

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