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About the Committee:

The Legislative Advocacy Committee is comprised of the Superintendent of Schools, Board of Education members, Commack residents, High School students, Commack staff, and members from the collective bargaining units. Interested community members were invited to apply to join the District’s newly created Legislative Advocacy Committee.  

The Legislative Advocacy Committee was established to assist the Board of Education in implementing solutions regarding legislative matters. The Committee centers its efforts on assessing the impact of existing and proposed State and Federal education legislation, promoting legislation that supports the District’s mission, and communicating vital information to our residents.  Further, the Committee is charged with effectively communicating Commack’s needs to our local, State, and Federally elected representatives.
 
On March 6, 2018, the Committee traveled to Albany to communicate Commack’s needs to our local and State-elected representatives. During the visit to Albany, the Committee met with elected officials to advocate for Commack. The Committee, led by the High School students, advocated on the following platforms: Foundation Aid, APPR, Charter Schools, Alternative Pathways to Graduation, and Eliminating Unnecessary Testing. High School students have been framing talking points based upon these platforms and will deliver our message directly to Legislators. 
 
In June of 2018, new student members were welcomed into Committee. Our graduating student members will transition to Commack Resident Committee Members. On June 8, 2018, the Committee had a chance to experience many of the opportunities the District offers to the students of Commack.  Following the tour, the Committee also had the opportunity to include our new student members in the important conversations on the following items: School Safety and State Support, Access and Opportunities, Multiple Pathways to Graduation, School Funding / Smart School Approval Process, Continued Testing Concerns, and the Senate Bill S8301.
Why We Advocate - Access to Opportunities
Advocacy Efforts
For Students with Disabilities to Earn a Local Diploma
Regarding the June 2017 Geometry Regents scoring
Advocacy Platform
Dr. James wrote to the Chancellor regarding testing for students in grades 3-8, special education students, and English Language Learners
Testimony to the Senate Standing Committee on Education Public Hearing, The Regents Reform Agenda: “Assessing” Our Progress
on Governor Cuomo's 2015-16 Executive Budget Proposal to the Assembly on March 13, 2015
Contact Information
By Mail:  P.O. Box 150, Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2000
By Email: webmaster@commack.k12.ny.us
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The Commack School District Mission Statement
Within the context of a caring community of learners, our primary mission is to provide an exemplary
learning experience that will allow each child to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and
values to become a successful, contributing member within our school community and greater society.
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