The NYS Board of Regents is no place for racist Shino Tanikawa

Perhaps the legislature’s reluctance to renew mayoral control of New York City’s public school system is more than an attempt to torture Mayor Eric Adams. Her recent election to the Board of Regents, which controls the state’s Department of Education, is certainly a bleak sign.

With Assembly Democrats firmly in control of Speaker Carl Heastie, the legislature will meet in a joint session this month appointed Shino Tanikawa for a five-year term on the board from 1.4.

Heastie has shifted rulers all the way to the left — anti-standards, anti-choice, anti-accountability — since taking the post of speaker, but Tanikawa is his most radical choice yet.

She has a clear record of being anti-test and argues that standardized tests are racist and even seems to suggest that academic success is an indicator of white privilege. Critics call them not only anti-white, but even anti-Asian – at least anti-Asian who support excellence. (Chinese-language WeChat groups erupted when news of her appointment broke.)

Tanikawa is also an ardent opponent of mayoral control and charter schools. The Soho resident has also been pushing for it Elimination of Gifted & Talented programstested admissions to middle and high schools and test-in-only entry to specialty high schools.

She wrote once a member of the Manhattan Community Education Council 2: “I have no interest in collaborating with you on policy positions until you have demonstrated your commitment to the work against racism” – “anti-racism” is, of course, the term for outright racism in the name of racial justice.

Tanikawa's ideas go against what School Chancellor David Banks has advocated.
Tanikawa’s ideas go against what School Chancellor David Banks has advocated.
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She also has a history of bad-mouthing parents who disagree with her. As a key member of the de Blasio School’s Diversity Advisory Group, she took a “burn the house down” approach rather than looking for common ground.

In short, she is the polar opposite of New City Chancellor David Banks, who argues that “literacy is equality” — meaning that the best public schools can do for racial justice is to ensure children learn to read and then excel academically.

Worse, her appointment leaves the Board of Regents completely under the spell of teachers’ union ideologues and lackeys dedicated to watering down or eradicating all standards of merit and excellence.

Until voters rebel and force Heastie to change course, state education policy is fundamentally driven by people who are fundamentally opposed to ensuring that schools teach what children actually need to learn.

Which, since Adams and Banks are firmly in favor of excellence, suggests that Heastie (with the connivance of state Senate leaders) may actually intend to end scrutiny of the mayor if he is not forced to do so as part of this month’s budget decisions. The NYS Board of Regents is no place for racist Shino Tanikawa


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