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Challenges Await For New State Ed Commissioner

Jul 14, 2015
Karen DeWitt

New York's new education commissioner has been on the job just over a week, and she’s been traveling the state on a listening tour to reach out to teachers, school boards and others who’ve been buffeted by an intense political climate during the most recent legislative session.  Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia attended a meeting of the Rural Schools Association in Cooperstown Monday.

Regents Tap New Education Commissioner For New York

May 26, 2015

A Florida school superintendent has been appointed New York education commissioner.

The Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday to hire MaryEllen Elia at a salary of $250,000 a year.

Elia most recently led the Hillsborough County school district, which includes Tampa, Florida. She succeeds John King Jr., who stepped down at the end of 2014 for a post in President Barack Obama's administration.

New York state is losing its education commissioner, as John King takes a job with the Obama Administration. King was in charge of school policies during a tumultuous time, and he admits there are things he might have done better.

New York State Education Commissioner John King is leaving for a job as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s second-in-command, multiple media outlets report Wednesday evening. King has served since 2011 and has championed the Common Core education standards during his tenure.

NYSUT Not Ready To Reverse No Confidence Vote

Jul 19, 2014
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The president of the New York State Teachers Union says members aren’t yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.

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The Common Core controversy has claimed another victim: New York State United Teachers president Dick Iannuzzi, who lost his seat over the weekend. The vote is remarkable for many reasons.

Over the weekend, NYSUT convention-goers elected Karen Magee, the 11-year head of the Harrison teachers union in Westchester County, to a three-year term as president of the New York State United Teachers. She unseated Richard Iannuzzi, who served since 2005, and was just the second NYSUT president in the union’s history.

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Common Core is a set of nationally developed standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, designed to align grade level cirricula across the states. It was adopted in New York, in part, to secure Race to the Top federal education funding. On Wednesday evening, state Commissioner of Education John King was in Plattsburgh, accompanied by Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, for a panel discussion on Common Core.

New York State’s Education Commissioner, John King, faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assemblymembers at a hearing on growing concerns over student privacy.

NY Begins First Statewide School-To-Job Project

Nov 4, 2013
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New York is set to launch the first statewide effort in the nation using an innovative school-to-career program.

More than 6,000 New York students are expected to join the program in 2014. It teaches high school students additional workplace skills with the help of mentors. The program continues through community colleges and graduates will be "first in line" for jobs at certain companies.

New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr. told an audience of parents and teachers the state isn’t going to delay new Common Core learning reforms, but is open to "adjustments" going forward.

King spoke at forum in Albany, his first since an earlier series of planned appearances was cancelled after he was shouted down at a meeting in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 10.

For more than three hours, parents described how frustrated their children were over constant testing and inappropriate curriculum for their age.

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