Who is Responsible for Education Policy in NYS?

Who is responsible for education in NYS?

  • The New York State governor is the chief executive of the state. The governor and the New York State Legislature are responsible for enacting laws, including education law, and the state’s budget, that provides funding to all public schools. Be sure to let the governor know your thoughts and concerns.
  • The New York State Education Department (SED) is responsible for the supervision of all public schools in the state including The University of the State of New York. SED is one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the country. SED has the following main branches each under the direction of the Commissioner of Education.

  • The New York State Board of Regents (the Regents) are responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the state, presiding over the University of the State of New York and the SED. The Regents' regulations carry the same impact as laws enacted by the state legislature for public schools. The Speaker of the New York State Assembly oversees the appointment of the Regents, a seventeen volunteer member board elected by the legislature. Members serve for a five-year term. The Regents include one member from each of the state's thirteen judicial districts and four at-large members.  The Regents elects its chancellor and appoints the Commissioner of Education.   

Contact our representatives - See Who Are My Legislators? page to the left if you have questions or concerns regarding education policy and funding to our public School.

Be sure to make your thoughts known to our Governor!