December 26th, 2013
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Dear Borough President Stringer,
Given the approaching end of your term as Manhattan Borough President and the fact that I serve at your pleasure on the Panel for Educational Policy, I wanted to formally resign in order to clear the way for Borough President-elect Brewer to make a new appointment.
I also want to take a minute to thank you for your unique support for me as your appointee to the school board. In an era when “government” was far too often assumed to be something imposed on the people by the city’s elites you preserved the democratic principle that ordinary people should have a role in how we are governed. You encouraged me to serve as a conduit for input from the public school community, defended me when the administration asked for my removal for doing so and made clear you had only one absolute requirement – that I represent all the people.
Public education can only be successful when the families it serves share ownership in the schools and are engaged by the administration. We are fortunate when we are represented by public officials like you whose leadership so clearly espouses these principles.
Patrick J. Sullivan
Panel for Educational Policy, NYC Board of Education
Hon. Gale Brewer
C. Bailey, Board of Education Retirement System