Asher Mansdorf is the son of an immigrant restaurant worker, attended New York City public schools, and today serves on a Long Island school board.
But his bid to join the state’s education policymaking body could hit a road block: He’s a dentist.
On Wednesday, legislators vetting candidates for the Board of Regents seat that Chancellor Merryl Tisch will vacate in March paid careful attention to whether applicants were current or former educators. During the interviews, non-teachers were asked if their occupations posed a disadvantage, and at least one former teacher was pressed to explain exactly how many years he spent in the classroom.
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