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Christine Quinn Biography

Former Speaker of the New York City Council
Pro to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"

“Technology has changed what we need to teach, but it’s also changed how we need to teach. Thanks to the internet, teachers in any given subject can share lessons and materials with colleagues around the world. They can organize those lessons into online textbooks, which their students can read on tablets in school and at home. So I’m proposing that we move all our 1,700 schools from a system of textbooks to a system of tablets. And if you think that sounds like it’ll cost a lot of money, listen to this. We currently spend more than a hundred million dollars a year on textbooks. That’s enough money to buy tablets for every student in New York City public schools, and cover staff costs to make sure these online texts are meeting rigorous standards. So a teacher in the Bronx can pull together the most relevant information for his class, and update it throughout the year to stay current. He can incorporate videos and interactive multimedia assignments that better engage kids living in a digital world. By using tablets instead of textbooks, the possibilities really are limitless.”

Speech,, Jan. 15, 2013

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Speaker, New York City Council, 2006-Dec. 2013
  • Member, New York City Council, 1999-Dec. 2013
  • Executive Director, Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, 1996-1998
  • Chief of Staff, New York City Councilman Thomas K. Duane, 1992-1996
  • Housing Organizer, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, New York City, 1989-1991
  • Former Member, New York City Policy/Community Relations Task Force
  • BA, Urban Studies and Education, Trinity College, 1988
  • First openly gay Speaker of the New York City Council
  • Quinn and her wife, Kim Catullo, live in Chelsea with their dogs
  • Born on July 25, 1966 in Glen Cove, NY