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TC Students Signal Discontent in Peaceful Protest at Graduation

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 12:08 PM

Editor's Note: this post was updated to include the statement from Teachers College.

At Tuesday's graduation ceremony for Teachers College, a group of students and faculty protested the awarding of an honor to Merryl Tisch, chancellor of New York State Board of Regents, because of what they see as her role in high-stakes testing in the public schools and the promotion of charter schools.

They also objected to the manner in which the decision to honor Tisch was made by TC President Susan Fuhrman.

A statement from Teachers College defended the decision to bestow the medal for distinguished service on Tisch, citing her body of work and leadership in education. It also mentioned the support Tisch has provided for the Teachers College Community School.

"Our decision to invite Dr. Tisch does not constitute an institutional endorsement of specific decisions, opinions, or policies," the statement said. "The same standard applies to all of our medalists."

The other honorees were New York Times journalist and author Tom Friedman and TC alumnus Lee Sing Kong, now the director of Singapore's National Institute of Education.

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