NYSUT Executive Vice President - Bianca Tanis
Bianca Tanis is an elementary special education teacher with expertise in multisensory reading therapy and crisis intervention. She has worked in the Ramapo Central School District for the past seven years and has taught students in grades K-5. Tanis currently teaches a K-1 therapeutic support class.
As a founding member of New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), a grassroots advocacy group allied with over 50 parent and education organizations, Tanis has been at the forefront of the opt-out movement. She has advocated for the repeal of test and punish policies that harm teachers and students and is a firm believer that the State’s misguided education policies and laws have served to increase inequity in educational opportunities for students while silencing teacher voice and diminishing the education profession.
Bianca Tanis has a proven track record of organizing parents, educators, and communities around critical issues facing public education. She has made frequent media appearances to discuss these issues including Capital Pressroom, Capital Tonight, CNN, and Connect:NY (alongside Commissioner Elia) and has presented at numerous education conferences and forums across the state and nationally.
As a leader of NYSAPE, Tanis helped lead the charge in bringing greater transparency to the appointment of members to the NYS Board of Regents, an accomplishment that has led to an increased number of Regents with actual classroom experience. In 2014, Tanis was selected to be a judge for the American Federation of Teachers Innovation Fund Grant and she recently served on NYSED’s ESSA Think Tank. Tanis has also served on the New Paltz Board of Education’s Legislative Action Committee for the past two years.
Tanis frequently blogs on educational topics and in addition to being featured in the Washington Post, her writing is often reblogged by Diane Ravitch and other national blogs. She has been published in American Educator and was a contributor to Resisting Reform: Reclaiming Education Through Grassroots Activism.
Tanis holds a BA in Anthropology from SUNY New Paltz and an MS in Childhood and Special Education from Mount Saint Mary College. Prior to teaching, Tanis served as senior case manager in a 60 unit housing facility for adults transitioning out of homelessness.
Founding Member of NYSAPE