Originally posted on Cooperative Catalyst:

“This article comes to us from Education Nation’s The Learning Curve blog.”

In the education reform conversation, we have heard from educators, parents, administrators, and policymakers, but we are missing the most authentic, indispensable voice – the student. It troubles me that the people most affected by the actions made by policymakers have absolutely no say in the decision-making process.

The last thing you can do is ignore students. We know what’s wrong with the education system. We know how to fix it. You have questions, we have answers.

Policymakers have artificially promoted the youth voice. The first culprit is New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo declared in his State of the State address this year, “I learned that everyone in public education has his or her own lobbyist. Superintendents have lobbyists. Principals have lobbyists. Teachers have lobbyists. School boards have lobbyists. Maintenance personnel have lobbyists. Bus drivers have lobbyists. The…

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