This month's Board of Regents meeting (held in Albany May 16-17) generated a lot of buzz. For the museum community, the Regents passed new criteria and revised language regarding deaccessioning (here's a synopsis via culturegrrl: http://www.artsjournal.com/culturegrrl/2011/05/nys_regents_pass_stringent_dea.html).
The Regents also named a new education commissioner -- John King, Jr. -- who will succeed David Steiner later this year. Steiner's tenure will be less than two years when it's all said and done.
And there's lots of upset over the Regents' decision to beef up teacher evaluation. The fact that student test scores will become an ever more critical factor to teacher tenure may keep teachers in the classroom teaching to the test. How will that bode for school visitation to museums -- visitation that is already in decline? Let us know what you think.