The Importance of Higher Education, and The Sustainability of our Schools 3-18-09

“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

March 18, 2009

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On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 12:00 Noon, I will be hosting my show “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM, and you can also listen to the program’s live streaming at One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. Our guests today are three educators; Dr. Ronald Valenti , Dr. Jennifer Schulman and Ms. Rose Uzzo. Our topic today is a dual one, the importance of higher educational, especially PhD programs for improving our school leadership and a discussion on the sustainability of our public school system in recessionary America. In other words, can the current funding system in New York State continue to provide strong educational opportunities for today’s young people?


Dr. Ronald Valenti is currently a full-time administrator at the College of New Rochelle, and directs the Saint John Fisher College’s Executive Leadership Ed.D program at the College of New Rochelle. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor, teaching courses in the SJFC Doctoral Program. Dr. Valenti earned his doctorate in secondary education and administration from New York University where he received the Founder’s Award for the highest academic achievement. He also was the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the NY State Council of School Superintendents, and the 2001 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. He was selected in 1986 as one of the 100 outstanding school managers in North America.  Prior to coming to the College of New Rochelle he dad served as a Superintendent of Schools for 28 years throughout NY’s downstate region.  He is also a former President of the lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents.


Dr. Jennifer Schulman is presently the principal at the Robert C. Dodson School in Yonkers, NY. She is a graduate of Mercy College with a BA degree, the College of New Rochelle with a MS degree, and Fordham University with a Professional Diploma in Administration and an Ed.D. She has been an educator who has served the Yonkers School District for 36 years.


Dr. Schulman has been a consultant for the National Urban Alliance and has facilitated workshops at National Leadership Conferences, at Queens College and St. Johns’ University.  Dr. Schulman has served as a principal at many levels in the Yonkers School District for over 19 years.


Rosemary Uzzo, a member of “Who’s Who in Education,” has a BA and an MA from Fordham University. She was a member of the Yonkers Board of Education from 1961 through 1996. During that period of time she served as the Director of Information Services, for the Yonkers Board of Education, served as an Assistant Principal, a curriculum Coordinator, and a curriculum writer. She is still active as an Instructor for Adult Education through BOCES, been the director of the Jewels Learning Center at the Yonkers YMCA. Ms. Uzzo has been an instructor at Mercy College, and an adjunct professor at Fordham University. She is the author of “Exploring New York,” and activity text for fourth grade students in New York State. She has served on numerous Boards and Councils, which include Mayor’s Community Relations Board, Westchester Council on crime and Delinquency, National Council of Christians and Jews, Bronxville Women’s League, the Italian-American/African-American Dialogue Group, American Association of University Women, among a number of others. 


Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow. Over the years, the “public policy” of the United States has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public education” is the public policy of the United States.


My essays on FDR and other subjects at can be accessed at One can also listen to all of the archived shows at:  Next week I will be hosting Mr. Michael Shapiro, the distinguished trial attorney, who is a partner of the law firm of Carter, Ledyard of NYC, NY. Mr. Shapiro, and his firm, is representing a number of Bernard Madoff’s financial victims.

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