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Four new members join NY Board Of Regents

New York City Department of Education/via Facebook
The Board of Regents oversees New York's public schools and colleges. Four new members joined the board on March 10.

New York’s Board of Regents has four new members, after an election Tuesday by the state Assembly and Senate.

Beverly Ouderkirk, Catherine Collins, Judith Johnson and Judith Chin are joining the board, which oversees education policy at New York state public schools and colleges.

Six regents were up for reelection this year, but only three of them kept their seats. That’s unlike last year when all but one of the incumbents got reelected. This year there was also an empty seat on the board, so in all, there are four new members.

The new Regents bring public school experience to the board. Three were school administrators, and one served on a local school board. That may satisfy some board critics who have argued that it’s out of touch with districts.