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BP Reynoso Appoints Tazin Azad to Panel for Educational Policy

March 24, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso on Thursday announced the appointment of Tazin Azad as the Brooklyn representative to the NYC Panel for Educational Policy (PEP).

In this appointment, Azad will work with the Department of Education chancellor and the other 14 members of PEP, serving as an advocate for students, parents and teachers.

She will also continue to be a leader in promoting language access and a culturally responsive social and emotional environment to our school children. Azad has worked in various capacities in school advocacy groups, parent associations, and school leadership for the past eight years.

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“Tazin Azad’s diverse experience within our city school system clearly demonstrates the capabilities, fresh thinking, and strong advocacy she will bring to our city’s school children and their educators through this appointment,” said Reynoso. “she has demonstrated a wide-ranging record of working with all elements of our education system and elected officials to provide access to information, establish budget priorities, and bridge language barriers for families in School District 22 [in Flatlands].”

“I look forward to representing the students and parents of Brooklyn public schools, and to work closely with my fellow PEP members to ensure education policies emanating from the Department of Education are designed with an awareness and sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic diversity of the students and families our public schools serve,” said Azad.

As a member of PEP, Azad will collaborate with the other members of PEP to advocate for policies and approaches within DOE that will further the education system’s agenda of closing equity gaps and improving academic achievement.

A certified translator and interpreter, fluent in Bangla and proficient in Urdu, Tazin Azad has served as chair on the District 22 Parent Advisory Council and chair of Community Education Council 22’s Equity Council. She has worked closely with school supervisors and administrators, as well as representatives of the United Federation of Teachers leadership and District Council 37. She is past co-president of multiple District 22 schools’ parent associations.

Azad has a particular focus on racial justice and language justice for NYC’s students of color, students in temporary housing, students with disabilities and neurodivergence, multilingual students, and those who are socioeconomically disenfranchised.

Azad is a Bangladeshi Muslim, and has lived in Brooklyn since she emigrated to the United States in 1998.

PEP consists of 15 appointed members and the chancellor. Each borough president appoints one member, the current Education Councils’ presidents elect one member, and the mayor appoints the remaining nine members.

“I am so proud to be congratulating Tazin Azad’s appointment to the Panel for Education Policy. Tazin is not only a good friend of mine but will be the first Bangladeshi Muslim woman appointed to the citywide Panel for Education Policy,” said Council Member Shahana Hanif (D-Park Slope-Windsor Terrace-Borough Park-Kensington). “Tazin has been a longtime education equity advocate who I have had the privilege to work with for years. She is a true parent of Brooklyn and a real advocate for immigrant parents, always ensuring they have a seat at the table.”

“A powerful member of CACF’s Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Education Equity Campaign Steering Committee, Tazin is a dedicated parent leader and advocate for language access, data disaggregation, culturally responsive-sustaining education, and other policies and investments that support those most marginalized in New York City public schools, including AAPI students, who are too often rendered invisible,” said Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung, co-executive directors of CACF.

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