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Regents 2008 Board Report

Regents 2008 Board Report: Cultural Education (continued)

The New York State Archives

The Archives cares for and provides access to more than 200 million documents from the seventeenth century to the present.

  • The Archives celebrated the 350th anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance, a document that represents the first expression of religious freedom in the New World. The Remonstrance was loaned for rare public exhibitions in Queens and was featured in programs, articles and special lectures throughout the state.
  • La Escuela Electrónica/The Electronic Schoolhouse, a bilingual website about the Latino experience in New York, is an educational resource that brings historical records to students at all levels.

Educational Television and Public Broadcasting

New York's public television and radio stations are chartered by the Regents. These stations inform and entertain; help individuals gain new skills and English language literacy; and provide a safe haven for parents and children who are challenged by the pervasive commercial television environment.

In 2008, the number of teachers using public broadcasting resources to enrich instruction increased by 23% over the previous year.

Statewide Summer Reading Program

More than 1.5 million children participated in the Statewide Summer Reading Program through their local libraries in 2008. That represents a 15% increase in participation from 2007 to 2008 – over 300% in the past eight years. These summer readers build on the reading skills acquired during the school year and return to the classroom ready to learn in the Fall.

woman reading to children in a library